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    Show-stealing aquatic centre completed for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

    David Wheeldon

    The new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre designed by Cox Rayner Architects is now complete, the first of the competition venues for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

    The $41 million project has been delivered ahead of schedule and on budget.

    Among the new facilities is a 50 metre competition pool, a refurbished 50 metre lane training pool and diving pool and a dry dive facility, making the Aquatic Centre a major drawcard for future elite competitions.

    Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey inspected the redeveloped aquatic centre, declaring it a “spectacular new centre”.

    “The centre is stunning and with a backdrop like the Broadwater it’s sure to attract many international swimming events into the future,” she said.

    Built under a joint partnership between the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast, with more than 90 per cent of the firms involved in the project from south east Queensland and 60 per cent from the Gold Coast specifically.

    The City of Gold Coast is preparing to open the centre as a community facility in September.

    Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the aquatic centre project had been an outstanding collaboration between the City and the Queensland Government.

    “The venue is spectacular and will be a show stealer when it makes its international debut hosting the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships (Pan Pacs) next month,” he said.

    Aquatic Centre Facts

    • The facility has six pools in total, comprising:
    • Three new pools: 50m (10-lane) competition swimming pool, 10m x 15m learn-to-swim pool, children’s play pool
    • Three refurbished pools: 50m 8-lane training pool, 25 x 25m program pool, diving pool
    • Other new facilities include: dry dive training facility, change rooms and amenities, support facilities, 600m2gymnasium, indoor/outdoor café, multi–function meeting rooms, consultation rooms, crèche, event facilities, 155 car parking spaces.
    • Approximately 9 million litres of water was required to fill all six pools.
    • The total tiling area of the pools is 4,621m2 comprising of approximately 250,000 new and existing tiles.
    • The Aquatic Centre is designed to expand with temporary seating for up to 12,500 for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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