Work to begin on Gunyama Park Aquatic Centre
Andrew Burges Architects/Grimshaw/T.C.L.
Contractors recruited for Sydney pool development
In 2014, Andrew Burges Architects with Grimshaw and T.C.L. were announced as winners of a competitive tender process to create the Gunyama Park and Green Square Aquatic Centre, located in a rapidly developing area of Sydney. The city authorities have now signed a contract with construction company CPB Contractors, and work is expected to begin soon.
The design, inspired by the ocean pools at some of Sydney’s best-loved beaches, takes into account the location at Australia’s largest urban renewal site. The area’s original Botany Swamp is referenced in a continuous wetland landscape, while a large scale trellis covering the Centre is reminiscent of former industrial structures.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore stated: “Green Square is one of the fastest growing precincts in Australia, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it is a wonderful urban neighbourhood with the services and facilities its residents and workers need. The Gunyama Park complex will be a terrific place for locals and visitors alike to exercise, relax and catch up with friends and family.”
The City is spending $540 million over the next 10 years on extensive infrastructure and streetscaping works throughout the 278-hectare Green Square development area, as well as new community facilities that also include a library and plaza, creative centre, childcare centre and more than 15 parks and open spaces. When fully developed, the neighbourhood will accommodate close to 61,000 people living in 30,500 new homes, and provide around 21,000 permanent jobs.
The Centre will be completed in two stages, as the City does not currently own all portions of the land on which the complex is planned. The full aquatic centre, multipurpose sports field and landscaped areas will be completed by early 2020, with an expanded sports field, playground and further landscaping to be completed as the remaining land becomes available.
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This competition was first published by TenderStream on 05.03.2014. See the original brief here
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