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Scroll through our company timeline featuring milestones and projects.

Includes links to AAT Project Profiles and related resources.

2020

Pairi Daiza, Hainaut, Belgium.

One of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious privately owned zoo and botanical gardens launches the Land of the Cold exhibit, featuring a 9.3-meter- long acrylic tunnel plus domes and viewing windows manufactured by AAT Acrylics, installed by Advanced Australian Technologies (AAT).

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2020

XPLORE Entertainment Center Aquarium, Athens, Greece.

XPLORE Entertainment Center – the largest theme and education park in Greece – provides fun for all the family with an innovative aquarium built by AAT. The interactive ocean exhibits, which help draw visitors to the Golden Hall shopping mall, occupy about 1,200 square meters featuring 2,000 fish and 140 species.

2019

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The Sea Shell, Vinpearl Land Resort, Phú Quốc, Vietnam.

AAT Acrylics signs first order for over 500 tonnes of acrylic with Vinpearl Land’s new Sea Shell marine life experience. Working in collaboration with Legacy Entertainment, out of California, AAT delivered fast-tracked design services allowing the client to continue with their accelerated project delivery time-frame.

2019

Daydream Island Resort & Living Reef, Whitsunday Islands, Australia.

$100 million refurbishment relaunches a stunning tropical island resort severely damaged by a cyclone. As part of the Daydream Island renovation project, AAT installed a swim reef, a 8-meter x 3-meter x 150-millimetre-thick acrylic window weighing eight tonnes and several smaller FRP tank exhibits.

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2019

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Whitsunday Airport Heart Reef Aquarium, Cannonvale, Australia

AAT designs, manufactures and installs an aquarium located in the Arrivals & Departures lounge of the Whitsunday Coast Airport.

2019

Dolphin Discovery Centre at Bunbury, Western Australia.

In collaboration with lead contractor Perkins Construction, AAT builds and installs 12 Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) tank exhibits – complete with acrylic panels and a new LSS – as part of a $12.9 million makeover. The Dolphin Discovery has a long history of dolphin conservation, care and education near Koombana Bay.

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2019

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Relocating Beluga Whales from Shanghai to Iceland – by air.

AAT designs and builds a customised transportation tank to transfer two beluga whales from an aquarium in Shanghai to Iceland, for ‘retirement’. (Read related article.)

2019

Oman Aquarium, Muscat, Oman.

Advanced Aquarium Technologies delivers the Middle East’s largest themed aquarium, home to 30,000 animals in over 55 exhibits. The Oman Aquarium was opened by the heir to the throne of Oman.

2018

SEA LIFE Malaysia Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort, Johor, Malaysia.

AAT begins design work on the Sealife Aquarium project in 2017, and it is completed in 2018.

Sea Life Malaysia

2018

AAT creates unique mobile home to relocate three grey nurse sharks from Sydney to Queensland by road.

The grey nurse shark animal transportation tank features customised life support and digital monitoring systems to take care of the animals – which were transported individually – during their journey. (Read related article.)

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2017

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AAT Acrylics Production Commences

AAT Acrylics commences production of PLEXIGLAS® acrylic, ending AAT’s dependence on capacity-constrained 3rd party manufacturers.

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2017

Cairns Aquarium, Queensland, Australia.

AAT designs and manufactures 40 aquarium exhibit tanks including rockwork, theming, artificial corals, acrylic panels, skimmers and flow ports. The $54 million Cairns Aquarium is dedicated to respecting, protecting and conserving the Great Barrier Reef and the Queensland’s tropical rainforest.

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2016

James Cook University Science Place Aquarium, Townsville, QLD

Alongside Hassell Architects, AAT designs a stunning feature aquarium in the lobby hall of James Cook University’s new science building

2016

Penguin Island Now Open

SeaLife Sydney’s New Penguin Exhibit.

AAT delivers a new penguin exhibit for SeaLife Sydney, continuing the long-held relationship with Merlin.

2016

Wild Life Sydney Zoo – Crocodile Exhibit, Sydney, NSW

AAT refurbishes the crocodile exhibition at this Sydney attraction to improve animal welfare and handling outcomes. With a pop-up acrylic cylinder and a demi-tunnel visitors can now come face to face with the inhabitants, all the while the crocodile is smiling back.

2015

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo at the Dubai Mall, UAE.

Dubai Mall Aquarium Viewing Platform Dubai Uae04AAT designs, manufactures and installs an innovative viewing and feeding platform to deliver distinctive visitor experiences at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

2015

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Miami, Florida, USA

The then-called Miami Science Museum selects AAT for water-proofing works on its martini glass inspired aquarium.

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2015

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – Crocodile Exhibit at the Dubai Mall, UAE.

AAT designs and manufactured the life support system for the King Croc exhibit at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

2014

The Cube Oceanarium, Chengdu, China.

Advanced Aquarium Technologies (AAT) plays a leading role in the delivery of this world-record-setting public aquarium exhibiting 10,000 aquatic creatures. Open on New Year’s Eve, Cube Oceanarium, Chengdu, China features the world’s largest acrylic window  – 40.5 m x 8.3 m – holding back 10,000,000 litres of water in the main exhibit tank.

2013

Den Bla Planet – The National Aquarium of Denmark, Copenhagen

Queen Margrethe II opens award-winning Den Bla Planet aquarium, delivered by AAT and 3XN architects

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2012

Basel Aquarium Design Competition, Switzerland.

Alongside major partners, AAT places 1st and 3rd in a major design competition for the Basel Aquarium project

2011

Ocean Park Grand Aquarium, Hong Kong, China.

Following a massive redevelopment program, Hong Kong’s Ocean Park opened its Aqua City attraction zone in January 2011 featuring a 5,244,000-litre Grand Aquarium with Life Support Systems by AAT.

2011

Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

AAT starts 5-year operational contract for 130,000 L cylindrical aquarium at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, which was opened by HM The Queen 26 October 2011. The two-storey-high tanks provides an engaging and welcome distraction from illness for the young patients.

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2010

Resorts World Sentosa

S.E.A. (South-East Asia) Aquarium, Resort World Sentosa, Singapore.

140 40ft containers of equipment and the world’s largest panel (36.6m x 8.3m) installed at Resorts World Sentosa.

2010

Wynn Macau, Macau, China.

Beautiful moon jelly display created by Advanced Aquarium Technologies entertains guests at the Wynn Macau – a prestigious luxury hotel and casino.

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2008

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, UAE.

AAT undertakes acrylic restoration work at the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.

2008

Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin, Australia.

AAT installs the Cage of Death, an interactive, underwater acrylic cage experience exhibit for thrill-seeker visitors. The exhibit becomes Crocosaurus Cove’ signature exhibit and is extensively used for visitor-attraction marketing.

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2007

Titanic Mardan Palace Hotel – Swim Reef, Antalya, Turkey.

AAT creates a swim reef at the Titanic Mardan Palace Hotel, allowing guests to swim, feed and snorkel with an array of marine species.

2005

MEGA Shopping and Leisure Centre Aquarium, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Having endured minus 30-degree temperatures, AAT delivers Kaunas Mega Mall Aquarium.

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2005

The Tivoli Aquarium at Tivoli Gardens, Copendhagen, Denmark,

AAT installs world record-breaking 26.6 m acrylic viewing panel at Tivoli Gardens – Europe’s 5th most visited theme park.

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2004

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium Tunnel Renovation, Auckland, New Zealand.

AAT removes, refurbishes and reinstalls the world’s first Plexiglas® tunnel at Kelly Tarlton’s aquarium.

1999

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shanghai, China.

AAT CEO, Founder and Owner John Langmead project manages $13 million specialist works project at Shanghai Ocean Aquarium.

1996

Ocean World Guangzhou, China.

John was awarded a US $11 million contract by Living Ocean to deliver, as Project Manager, a US $ 50 million new aquarium called Ocean World in Guangzhou, China. Advanced Aquarium Technologies incorporates.

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1995

Jackie Chan movie Police Story 4: First Strike

John Langmead trains stunt team for underwater scenes in the Jackie Chan movie Police Story 4: First Strike.

Early 1990s

Underwater World

Underwater World, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

John Langmead appointed Technical Operations Manager for Underwater World Aquarium.

Mid1980s

Diver, Sunshine Coast, Australia

AAT founder, owner and CEO John Langmead began his career in 1985 as a permit-holding freelance diver catching marine species off Australia’s Sunshine Coast, initially for export, and then, in 1989, for a new local aquarium called Underwater World.

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Entertainment Centre

XPLORE Entertainment Center, Athens, Greece

Largest theme and education park in Greece provides fun for all the family with an innovative aquarium built by Advanced Aquarium Technologies (AAT)....

Public Aquarium

Dolphin Discovery Centre, Bunbury, Australia

Centre for care and conservation undergoes major refurbishment with new exhibits and life support systems (LSS) made by Advanced Aquarium Technologies (AAT)....

Airport Installation

Whitsunday Airport Heart Reef Aquarium, Proserpine, Queensland, Australia.

"When you arrive [at Whitsunday Airport], make sure you say g'day to the colourful welcoming committee." (Weekender TV show, Channel 7, Australia. )...

Zoo

Pairi Daiza, Brugelette, Belgium

AAT helps award-winning zoo launch innovative accommodation experiences with 'underwater hotel' and unique viewing systems....