Work underway on state-of-the art aquatic centre

Work underway on state-of-the art aquatic centre

Work has begun on the City of Sydney’s new aquatic centre in Green Square, the largest to be built in Sydney for almost 20 years.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore was joined by a team of leading architects, designers and the project’s construction firm to officially break ground at the site of the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

“This new pool will help complete the transformation of Green Square from an industrial centre into a lively new neighbourhood – an area that will soon be home to more than 61,000 residents,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Green Square is one of Australia’s fastest growing neighbourhoods. We’ve budgeted $540 million over the next decade to deliver the high quality, beautifully-designed services and facilities this community needs.

“High density living works when the community has open space with places to exercise and meet friends. Alongside the 40 parks we are creating in Green Square, the Gunyama Park complex will be a terrific place for locals and visitors alike to exercise, relax and catch up with friends and family.

“Andrew Burges Architects also designed our international award-winning East Sydney Early Learning Centre, I’m looking forward to seeing their innovative design take shape over the coming months.”


The centre will be home to a 50-metre heated outdoor pool set within a larger, irregular shaped pool inspired by the ocean pools at some of Sydney’s best-loved beaches. ‘Gunyama’ means “wind from the south-west” in Gadigal language and refers to the strong southerlies that blow through the area.

The new complex will cater for the diverse and growing Green Square community and feature:

  • a 25-metre indoor ‘program pool’ for swimming lessons
  • an indoor heated leisure water area and hydrotherapy pool
  • a crèche with indoor play areas
  • a health and fitness centre
  • a multipurpose synthetic sports field suitable for use by community sporting teams
  • sports field change rooms, public toilets and storage facilities
  • new landscaping, lighting and a new public artwork by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones.

The aquatic centre has been designed by Andrew Burges Architects and Grimshaw Architects with landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean. The unique ‘beach pool’ concept was chosen from more than 140 other entries in a design competition run by the City.

“Our design took inspiration from the beach pools of Sydney to create a facility that expands the community uses of an aquatic centre in a way that celebrates the pleasures of swimming. Understanding the future density of Green Square, we felt it was equally important to design and provide places for relaxing by the pool as it was to create the more active sporting pursuits of an aquatic centre,” Mr Burges said.


CPB Contractors was selected to build the new aquatic and recreation centre following an extensive competitive tender process.

CPB General Manager, Martin Wood, said the construction team looked forward to safely delivering this iconic recreational and sporting facility to the City of Sydney, and in particular the current and future residents in Green Square.

“We are pleased to have this outstanding opportunity to contribute our construction knowledge and experience in support of City of Sydney’s transformative vision, providing attractive and sustainable community benefits,” Mr Wood said.

“CPB Contractors will be working very hard to ensure the safety of the local community and our workforce during the construction phase, to minimise potential construction impacts on the local community, and to maximise local participation opportunities”.

The aquatic centre, multipurpose sports field and landscaped areas will be completed by early 2020.

The project will target a five-star design and as-built rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. A cogeneration scheme will heat the pools and supply electricity throughout the complex.

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The Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre sits within the 278-hectare Green Square development area, which includes the suburbs of Beaconsfield and Zetland, and parts of Rosebery, Alexandria and Waterloo.

Over the next 10 years, the City’s extensive infrastructure and streetscaping works throughout the area will see 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, Green Square will accommodate close to 61,000 people living in 30,500 new homes, and provide around 21,000 permanent jobs.

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