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West Wallsend Swim Centre equipped to meet future demands

West Wallsend Swim Centre equipped to meet future demands
October 21, 2015

Last year, the West Wallsend Swim Centre in the NSW Hunter region was set to undergo a standard upgrade to bring its circa 1970s plant equipment into the 21st century.

However, when the designers were faced with an issue that would blow out the project from 12 weeks to 12 months, Lake Macquarie City Council had good reason to take an innovative approach.

Council’s Manager Leisure Services, Brad Sutton, said the project to renew all plant equipment and pool tiling at West Wallsend Swim Centre, turned into a significant redevelopment that revitalised the facility as a vibrant multi-purpose leisure centre, which re-opened in June this year.

Sutton explained “initially, the main purpose of the works was to ensure the facility met water quality guidelines released by the NSW Department of Health, but the designers hit a road block early in the process.

“The pool circulation system needed rebuilding, and this involved removing and rebuilding sections of the pool walls and digging up the concourse, among other works.

“A seemingly simple upgrade then turned into a major redevelopment.

“After receiving this feedback from the designers we decided to bring forward the renewal work that was originally planned to be carried over the next five years. We took the opportunity to renew other key aspects of the centre while it was closed for construction.

“We chose to focus on improving additional areas that would give the greatest return.

Council invested $3.3 million on refurbishing indoor rooms to allow for additional fitness and wellbeing programs, upgrading and installing new equipment that would increase efficiency and decrease operational costs, and revitalising areas such as the entry, reception and kiosk to improve the overall experience for visitors.”

Sutton says that the Council has already seen cost and energy efficiencies since re-opening in June this year.

He say “when we received our first energy bill since re-opening the Centre, we were delighted to see that we have cut our energy costs in half.

“We expect to reduce our water usage by up to 70%, thanks to a new ultra-fine filtration system. This system, along with a new ultra violet disinfection treatment, has also reduced our reliance on chemicals. Since the upgrade, the water sparkles and surpasses the (NSW) Government’s water quality benchmarks.

“We anticipate that the plant and equipment upgrades will shave $50,000 off operational costs every year.”

The works to West Wallsend Swim Centre are part of a broader Pool Service Delivery Model that forms a long-term capital investment plan for Lake Macquarie City Council’s six leisure centres.

Council conducted a comprehensive review of its swim centres that involved assessments of visitation, asset condition, service delivery, operations, community needs and future capacity.

The first phase of the Pool Service Delivery Model, which was completed in 2008, included a report that made recommendations for a steering committee to consider. This report included a summary of responses from the community consultation and the findings from key research of the sports and recreation industry. It also included preliminary designs, future site locations and potential facility mixes for its six centres.

The second phase, completed in 2010, involved the development of indicative site sketches, operating and financial scenarios based on a review of pool operating technology and more detailed asset assessment. Facilities were then prioritised based on asset condition, initial model recommendations and external challenges such as urban growth and changing community expectations.

The process helped to identify the needs of each unique centre, including opportunities to provide additional health and wellbeing services such as yoga, pilates and other gym programs.

With West Wallsend the first of the six swim centres to be upgraded as part of the Pool Service Delivery Model recommendations, Sutton concludes “the renewal works to West Wallsend will ensure the facility continues to meet anticipated demand into the future, uphold Council’s commitment to reducing its eco footprint and be financially sustainable.” 

The West Wallsend Swim Centre project was designed by Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners and built by Kane Constructions.

Click here to contact Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners via their listing in the Australasian Leisure Management Suppliers Directory.

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