Sports center wins national awards

The Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre has been recognised at the 2014 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards, being presented with the Ryan Lawyers Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development.

The Centre, which opened in May 2012, replaced an old seasonal outdoor pool with a ‘one-stop-shop’ for wet and dry sports, health and recreational activities for all abilities and age groups.

The facility features a 50-metre outdoor pool, four indoor pools, sauna, steam room, spa, indoor multi–sport stadium, water slides, leisure water features, gymnasium, crèche, café and consulting suites, plus is attracting more than a million visitors each year.

Director of Rider Levett Bucknall, Michael Kerr, says the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre is well-deserving of national recognition for its innovative design and its contribution to a better quality of life for the local community.

“We have partnered with the Property Council of Australia to present this awards program since its inception in 1982, and are delighted to see the best developments recognised again in 2014.”

Judges were particularly impressed with the sustainability initiatives taken by Council, including water harvesting technologies, pool backwash recovery and bore water usage.

Council’s achievement in opening the center also netted them the ISPT Award for Government Leadership.

The 2014 Innovation & Excellence Award winners were announced at a gala dinner, held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney, on Saturday 17 May.

The Awards celebrate innovation and leading practice within Australia’s property development and investment industries.