Project Value : $26 million
Commenced : January 2018
Completed : February 2019
2019 Master Builders Association/Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards
Best Public Use building ($20 to $50 million)
2019 Parks and Leisure Australia (WA) Awards
Community Facility of the Year
2019 Urban Design Institute of Australia (WA) Awards
Excellence in Social and Community Infrastructure Award
This project continues Airey Taylor Consulting’s successful track record of collaborating with Donovan Payne Architects (images courtesy of them!) on award winning Aquatic Centres, having previously created the nationally lauded Bold Park Aquatic Centre refurbishment together.
The $26 million redevelopment was funded by Federal and State Government grants alongside the City of Armadale. The Aquatic Centre features 5 inground concrete pools, an ASHI-YU (Japanese style footbath in the style of an artificial hotspring), a leisure pool section, a spa with separate room, hydrotherapy treatment facility, gymnasium, fitness rooms, creche and amenities. Within the leisure pool is a lazy river channel for a relaxing float with reclining lounges and jets of warm water for comfort, and it caters for all ages with a 25M lap pool, learn to swim area, and tots pool. The existing 50 metre pool was retained and refurbished.
Following assessment of the site, a geothermal heating capacity was added in conjunction with Norman Disney and Young, utilising the natural heating properties of the Yarragadee aquifer to provide year-round use of the external swimming facilities.
The structure uses tilt-up concrete wall panels, brick wall to amenities areas and insulated wall panels and glass to the exterior walls. The roof construction over the pools consisted of 2 main longitudinal exposed pipe trusses supporting rafters and insulated panels. The roof structure over the gym area was made from 530UB members, Z200 purlins and 200 mm thick PIR insulated panels. The centre section of roof is composed of Colourbond Custom Orb sheeting.
An attraction of the entry & central corridor are custom welded steel columns profiled as trees. The complex also has a separate plantroom and amenities building. The internal plantroom is supported on in-situ concrete suspended slabs.
PS Structures did a superb job of building the beautiful designs of Donovan Payne, and Airey Taylor Consulting’s Director John Taylor has continued his career speciality of the creation of nearly 100 quality Aquatic Centres throughout Australia.
Airey Taylor Consulting would like to thank their passionate collaborators who worked with them to bring the Centre into being, and the City of Armadale for the opportunity to create an enduring recreational facility that will delight current and future generations.
Click here for a flythrough of the project created by Architects Donovan Payne.