Nova Varos may soon become a regional sports center where professional athletes would come to practice, recreational athletes would train and have fun, and tourists visiting the Zlatibor region would enjoy using numerous facilities of a multifunctional complex worth EUR 19.7 million. The plan is to have a four-star hotel, sports arena, indoor Olympic swimming pool, wellness center, sports courts, outdoor swimming pool and skating rink built on a 4.5-hectare land in Nova Varos.
All that will be built if the municipality finds a partner to invest in this complex.
- We have received some offers, but no concrete agreement has been reached yet. As a local partner in the project, the municipality of Nova Varos offers a lot spanning 4.5 hectares, all the necessary infrastructure, and the project documentation for the first phase of works - Boban Vasiljevic from the Nova Varos Building Land and Development Directorate says for eKapija.
The location where a sports center with Sport hotel is planned to be built is situated in the most attractive place in Nova Varos, at the intersection of the main route M22 Belgrade-Podgorica, the Nova Varos-Sjenica-Ivanjica road, and the entrance road to Nova Varos.
- The future sports center with Sport hotel is modelled after the world`s most modern centers of the kind. The aim was to offer facilities enabling people to actively engage in all sports, have fun, use catering services, organize conferences and seminars, etc. - Svetlana Dragic, director of Belgrade-based C.T.D.3 that produced the preliminary design, explains for eKapija.
Ms. Dragic said that a complete economic analysis of the cost-effectiveness of such complex had been carried out.
- Thanks to its facilities, the sports center in Nova Varos would be unique in the region. Athletes could come here to practice, various sports competitions could be organized, and young people from the municipality would be able to train at that center. The complex would contribute to the enhancement of the quality of Nova Varos`s tourist offer through sports, recreational and congress tourism – our interlocutor explains.
Multifunctional sports arena for recreational athletes and competitions
According to the project, in addition to the main hall, the sports arena should also comprise a squash center, table tennis room, shooting range, and a bowling center. The facility would span a total of 4,905 square meters, and it would be divided into three levels.
The estimated value of this arena is close to EUR 4.1 million.
Indoor Olympic swimming pool and wellness center
The complex should also include a EUR 2.4 million facility, spanning 5,433 square meters, which would accomodate a wellness center and an indoor Olympic swimming pool (50x25 meters). There would be 690 seats for spectators - 540 on the stands and 150 in a VIP box. The swimming pool would meet all the prescribed requirements for the organization of professional water sports competitions such as water polo, swimming, synchronized swimming.
A 450-square-meter wellness center with all accompanying facilities would be situated on the facility`s ground floor.
Restaurant, bar, fitness center, sauna, conference room
The plan is to connect these two arenas through a 5,023-square-meter facility comprising commercial facilities such as restaurants, bars, multipurpose rooms...
Locker rooms for athletes, recreational athletes and referees, a swimming school, a small bar, accompanying communications and a link to an underground garage would all be situated in the basement.
The ground floor of the facility is designed to be the central place, featuring the main entrance for all visitors of the complex, VIP entrance, corridor, bar, ticket shop, clinic, post office, info stand, tourist bureau, sports stores...
The first floor is planned to feature VIP rooms, a bar with a gallery with the view of the bathing area and the arena, press center, box for journalists, fitness center and sauna, gym, locker rooms with showers.
The second floor should feature two gymnasiums, technical premises, hairdressing salon, beauty parlor, locker rooms with showers and toilets, etc.
A conference room with 150 seats would be situated on the third floor, as well as space to rent, offices for the staff, a restaurant for the staff, technical premises...
Outdoor sports courts and underground garage
In addition to existing sports courts for handball, volleyball, tennis and basketball, the plan is also to build another double tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool for non-swimmers (25x12 meters), a swimming pool with water attractions, a skate park, a playground for children, a skating rink with artificial ice - IGLO, parks, entrances for all visitors, recreational athletes and VIP visitors, etc.
The entrance to the complex of sports courts and the arena is situated on the southern side. An underground garage is planned to be built on the right side of the entrance, whereas a playground for children should be built on the roof of that garage. The garage will be big enough for up to 150 vehicles. There should also be a parking lot for 15 to 20 cars on the northern side of the complex.
Sport Hotel with ****
The facility of Sport Hotel is designed in accordance with all standards of a hotel with ****. It should make the offer of the sports center complete and allow for a pleasant stay and the satisfaction of all needs of athletes.
The facility is planned to have 7 floors, spanning a total of 6,847 square meters. Sport Hotel should offer 218 beds in 86 rooms and 7 suites on the second, third, fourth and fifth floors.
In addition to suites, the fifth floor of the hotel should also feature a wellness center and a restaurant with a balcony for 160 people (80 seats in the restaurant and 80 seats on the balcony).
The basement is expected to accommodate service rooms, kitchen, toilets and accompanying communications. The ground floor should feature a supermarket and hotel facilities - hall, lobby, reception desk, bar, cafe, restaurant, post and bank offices, etc. A restaurant, conference room, technical premises and space to rent should be situated on the first floor of the hotel.
Rich surroundings of Nova Varos
Guests of this complex could also tour interesting sights in the surroundings of Nova Varos, such as Zlatar mountain, the Uvac lakes, ethnic villages in the Zlatar region, the valley of the Uvac river…