Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Winning Green Square Aquatic Centre design brings a beach to central Sydney

Winning Green Square Aquatic Centre design brings a beach to central Sydney
November 4, 2014

A design which includes four different pools, a park and a sports field has won the international competition to build Sydney's largest aquatic centre since the 2000 Olympics.

The four different pools include an outdoor 50-metre pool - transformed from a rectangular shape into a free form pool - a hydrotherapy pool, a 25-metre indoor pool for swimming lessons and squads, and a large children's leisure pool with beach entry. The facility will also include a fitness centre while a boardwalk will connect the pools with an adjacent park and sports fields.

Sydney-based Andrew Burges Architects was chosen from a shortlist of five finalists and 144 other entries in the City of Sydney competition to build a new aquatic centre and park at Green Square, four kilometres from the Sydney CBD.

Burges' design was the clear winner chosen by a jury of leading Australian architects.

Commenting on the win, Burges told the ABC "you have to have a big idea in these competitions and I guess we felt that by making the idea of the coastal pools as a way of thinking about how we could do urban aquatic centres as a sort of inspiration, I think captured the imagination of the jury."

In terms of the design, Burges added "I think our idea was really trying to almost graft some of the elements of the beach and coastal pools into a much more urban situation, so we just felt that as an idea would create a much broader community appeal to the pool, so it wasn't just for fitness fanatics or people swimming laps."

Construction on the aquatic centre will start in January 2017 once major drainage work is carried out on the site. It should be completed by 2019.

Green Square is Australia’s biggest urban development and one of Sydney’s fastest growing and communities, with 40,000 residents and 22,000 workers expected to live and work in the area.

The new aquatic centre, park, sportsfields and a library are planned to be at the heart of this growing community.

Images (courtesy of the City of Sydney) show artist's impressions of:
Top: The planned 50 metre pool.
Middle: The planned deck outside the fitness centre. 
Bottom: The planned indoor 25 metre pool.

17th June 2014 - NEW AQUATIC CENTRE PUTS HEART INTO SOUTH SYDNEY’S GREEN SQUARE


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Anti Wave International

Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Sport

 
 

Aussie Strength

We are Aussie Strength. The ultimate supplier for Commercial Gym Equipment that's built to deliver in the toughest environments. From USA-Built hardcore weight training equipment from Arsenal…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

GUNNEBO

Gunnebo is a global provider of security and access control solutions and services with sales companies in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Security / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

BODY BIKE AUSTRALIA

BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Mattioli

Mattioli provides award winning painting, flooring and waterproofing services to the aquatics and recreation sector. We’re recognised as the leading contractor in the industry with award-winning…

read more

Aquatics / Recreation / Safety

 
 

Abel Sports

INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

SYNERGY FITNESS

The Calgym/Synergy group has had a long and proud history since 1976 as world leaders in the innovation, design and evolution of commercial strength and conditioning equipment. The Synergy group was…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business