City of Parramatta offers new look at aquatic and leisure centre
Written by Darryn Capes-Davis on 17 May 2020
City of Parramatta Council has released new images and an animation that give a fresh and detailed look at Parramatta’s state-of-the-art aquatic and leisure centre as the project reaches a new milestone.
The new artist’s impressions and a 3D flythrough animation have been unveiled after Council lodged the Development Application (DA) for major works yesterday.
“The submission of the Development Application for the aquatic and leisure centre marks another key step forward for this much-anticipated project. It’s exciting to see it all coming together,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.
“The people of Parramatta are keen to see this significant community facility built, and Council is working hard to deliver it as soon as possible.”
The $77 million project, which is scheduled for completion in 2023, is being co-funded by the State Government and has the support of Parramatta Park Trust.
Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the NSW Government is proud to support this world-class aquatic centre.
“Today we are a step closer in our partnership with Parramatta Council to delivering a state-of-the-art sporting and recreational facility for Western Sydney. This aquatic centre will cater for competition, Learn to Swim classes, recreation and relaxation and will be the pride of Parramatta,” Mr Lee said.
Designed by Grimshaw Architects, Andrew Burges Architects and McGregor Coxall, the aquatic and leisure centre will feature a 50-metre, 10-lane outdoor pool with seating; a 25-metre, indoor recreational pool; an indoor Learn to Swim pool; indoor water playground; a range of change rooms and bathrooms; multipurpose community rooms; spa and sauna facilities; a fitness centre, including a modern gym and program rooms; cafe; and 200-plus parking spaces.
“Over the last few months, we have been working closely with our team of architects and key community stakeholders to ensure the facility will meet the needs of our growing population, while also taking into account the heritage restrictions of the site and staying on budget,” Cr Dwyer said.
“With indoor and outdoor heated pools and a wide range of wellbeing and fitness amenities on offer, this impressive centre will no doubt be enjoyed all year round by competitive and recreational users of all ages.”
Situated in the Mays Hill Precinct of Parramatta Park, the aquatic and leisure centre has been designed to sensitively integrate with the site’s parkland surrounds. The striking circular design also works to minimise noise and reduce impact on nearby residents, and provides expansive sightlines for better supervision across the facility.
Architect Andrew Burges said the design aims to integrate the project into Parramatta Park, while providing a unique and functional space to train, compete and play.
“We believe that blending it into the natural park setting will really broaden the appeal of the Parramatta aquatic and leisure centre and make it a popular and enjoyable experience for Parramatta’s diverse and growing community,” Mr Burges said.
Cr Dwyer said he was looking forward to seeing this valuable community project progress over the coming months.
“I thank the people of Parramatta for their ongoing patience. It’s a long journey, but every step gets us closer to the finish line,” he said.