To be built by local construction company CPB Contractors, the $84 million Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre has been described as the largest pool complex in Sydney since the 2000 Olympic Games.
The new aquatic centre is based on the winning concept of an urban beach pool seamlessly integrating into a park, designed by local firm Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw Architects and TCL as part of a design competition organised by the City.
On completion, the Gunyama Park Aquatic Centre will feature a 50-metre outdoor heated pool, a 25-metre heated indoor program pool for swimming lessons, an indoor leisure pool, and a heated hydrotherapy pool.
The 50-metre outdoor pool will sit as a centrepiece within a larger, irregular shaped beach pool. Key design highlights also include a crèche with indoor play areas, a health and fitness centre, and a multipurpose synthetic sports field.
The aquatic complex’s energy requirements will be met through a co-generation scheme. A new public artwork by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones will also be part of the development.
Lord mayor Clover Moore said the aquatic centre will cater to a broad range of users from expert swimmers to children beginning their swimming lessons.
The neighbouring Green Square precinct is undergoing an $8 billion redevelopment with the neighbourhood expected to house about 61,000 residents by 2030.
The project is expected to be completed by 2020.