Construction will be soon underway on the anticipated Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre within Sydney’s Green Square community precinct.
Sydney-based construction company CPB contractors were brought on to build the centre, with designs headed by a collaboration between Andrew Burges Architects, Grimshaw and TCL Landscape Architects.
The project will be the largest aquatic centre to be built in Sydney in nearly 20 years.
“Few aquatic centres have been able to offer the pleasures of swimming that can match the primacy and hedonistic experience of swimming in Sydney’s beach and harbour pools. [The] site was re-imagined as a continuous wetland landscape of the original Botany Swamp, with a series of pool and recreational landscapes embedded through topographic insertions into the wetland landscape, creating a continuous park footprint across the whole site.”Andrew Burges Architects.
At the centre of the new aquatic centre will be a 50-metre heated outdoor pool set within a larger, irregular shaped pool inspired by the ocean pools at some of Sydney’s beaches.
There will also be an additional 25-metre indoor “program pool” for swimming lessons, an indoor heated leisure water area and hydrotherapy pool. The centre is also expected to feature non-aquatic health and recreation facilities including a health and fitness centre, indoor play areas and a multipurpose synthetic sports field with dedicated change rooms, public toilets and storage facilities.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the new pool was an important addition for Green Square, an area that will soon be home to more than 61,000 people.
“Green Square is one of the fastest growing precincts in Australia, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it is a wonderful urban neighbourhood with the services and facilities its residents and workers need,” Moore said.
The aquatic centre was announced in 2014 after a design competition awarded Andrew Burges Architects, Grimshaw and TCL the project.
The Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre sits within the 278-hectare Green Square development area, which includes the suburbs of Beaconsfield and Zetland, and parts of Rosebery, Alexandria and Waterloo.
The city is spending $540 million over the next 10 years on extensive infrastructure and streetscaping works throughout the area, as well as new community facilities that also include a library and plaza, creative centre, childcare centre and more than 15 parks and open spaces.
Work on the aquatic centre is expected to start in early 2018 and be completed by early 2020.