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Parisian chic is alive and well and being demonstrated by the French construction industry with the creation of a floating swimming pool on the Seine river. Vinci company GTM is due to complete construction of a concrete and steel 'boat' housing a 25m pool, sunbathing terrace, and health spa at the end of February with opening for the public scheduled for June. The Piscine Flottante de Paris is the vision of Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë and is a key project in the regeneration of the city's 13th arrondissement.

The pool, which will be open air in summer and covered by a sliding glass roof in winter, is moored by the steps to the Bibliothéque Nationale. GTM won the design and build contract for the £10M scheme, which has been constructed off site as a series of steel hulls topped by concrete deck and pool elements. These have been floated up river and squeezed under the city's bridges for assembly on site.

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