GET TO KNOW YOUR BRAND NEW POOL AND FITNESS CENTRE
THE GRAND OPENING DAY FOR WAVES FITNESS AND AQUATIC CENTRE IS LOOMING! DESPITE A NUMBER OF CHALLENGES, GREAT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE AND THE $52M PROJECT WILL OPEN MID-YEAR.
When the Hills Shire Council resolved to replace the Shire’s ageing swimming pool in 2018, no-one could have predicted that work would take place during a pandemic and major weather event.
Shortly after Council selected the architecture firm, project management group and surveyor to prepare a detailed concept plan for the Waves renewal project on 26 February 2019, COVID-19 arrived in Australia with devastating impacts.
Work on the site continued according to Public Health Orders and the challenges of the construction lockdown.
Just as the workforce was beginning to return, the March 2022 weather event hit Australia’s east coast, with pouring rain impacting outdoor work in the lead up to completion.
Despite these setbacks, Waves is nearing completion and will begin operating in mid-2022, replacing the former ageing outdoor pool, makeshift indoor learn to swim pool and fitness rooms in demountable buildings with a brand new state-of-the-art centre.
The new Waves will be home to the following:
• 50m 10-lane Olympic sized outdoor swimming pool with spectator seating
• 25m outdoor learn-to-swim and leisure pool
• 25m indoor warm-water pool
• Lagoon-style indoor pool area
• Spa and sauna
• Outdoor water-play and splash pad
• Large gym with new state-of-the-art equipment
• Fitness group areas
• Café with internal and external access
• Clubhouse and amenities blocks
• Basement car parking
Blue and white tiles with a lime green feature tiles adorn the pools, and a distractive sandstone wall denotes the entry.
The new centre has been designed with energy efficiency in mind including the installation of solar panels, heat recovery systems, pool blankets and rainwater re-use for irrigation.
Universal design includes accessible pathways, ramps to all pools, inclusive water play design features, accessible change rooms and lift access from the car park.
Passive surveillance, safe chemical storage and grab rails are some of the safety features of the new complex.
For detailed information about Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre, or to become a member, visit www.wavesfitnessandaquatic.com.au