Aquatic centre designed to blend in

Article image - Aquatic centre designed to blend in Parramatta Council is one step closer to delivering a state-of-the-art sporting and recreational facility for Western Sydney.

City of Parramatta, New South Wales, released new images of Parramatta’s state-of-the-art aquatic and leisure centre to coincide with Council’s lodgement of the Development Application last month.

Lord Mayor, Bob Dwyer, said, “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.

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.

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; an 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.”

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 aimed 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.