Curling Club Zemst
Building a dedicated curling facility was a longtime dream for Curling Club Zemst. In September 2017, the facility was finalized, including a 3-sheet curling rink and a cozy bar with a nice view over the ice. The first and only curling facility in Belgium is home to both professional and recreational curling players.
Growing interest in the sport of curling
Building a dedicated curling facility was a dream of Curling Club Zemst for a long time. One of the objectives in building the facility was to grow the interest in the sport. A curling rink would build interest in the sport, but they needed enough interest in the sport to find a “willingness to invest.” In 2013, the members of Curling Club Zemst took the challenge to grow the sport of curling in Belgium. In the following two years, two additional clubs started (“Campina Turnhout” and “Curling Club Gent”), and together they tripled the number of active players.
The challenge of getting funding
To get enough funding to build a facility, the organization received a loan from the World Curling Federation. Furthermore, the organization started a successful reward-based crowdfunding campaign that generated a lot of media attention. Thanks to the media attention, the organization managed to gather a subsidy through the local government.
The first curling facility in Belgium
Based on their specific needs, Curling Club Zemst contacted several suppliers to finalize the concept. Ice-World was selected as the supplier of the ice rink system and the official curling sheets. All of the curling rinks from Ice-World are approved as official competition rinks, as temporary or permanent ice skating rinks. The ice rink is built on a concrete floor along with thick insulation of 25 cm. An advantage of this insulation is that it helps to lower the energy costs. At the beginning of 2016, the concept was finalized to include a building with steel construction and a 3-sheet curling rink, including a cozy bar with a nice view over the ice that is also accessible for wheelchairs. QLoods is the supplier of the roofing and interior facilities.
The facility officially opened in September 2017 and is now used for competition, training, and recreational purposes. Curling Club Zemst organizes competitions and events such as “curling afterwork” and the “New Year’s Cup.”
- 3-sheet curling rink
- Steel structure of 61.25m – 16.3m
- A ring of insulated concrete panels
- Roof and wall panels, 150 mm insulation
- Interior glass wall between the ice rink and bar
Thanks to Ice-World we managed to realize our dream. Their expertise allowed us to provide a perfect levelled curling rink in a price-efficient manner that meets international standards.
Turn-key solution including high quality ice, roofing structure and interior facilities
The Dutch ice rink manufacturer, Ice-World and roofing and facility supplier Losberger de Boer partnered up to provide an unique and flexible ice arena solution. Due to the flexibility of the structure and the energie-efficient ice floor you can save up to 70% compared to a permanent solution. The ice arena includes high quality and approved ice with all relevant facilities such as the hall, changing rooms, storage space, skate rentals and restaurant furniture.
- Save up to 70% compared to a permanent solution
- Temporary replacement of current ice rink
- Increase the ice capacity