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Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre Complete

The Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre is a major aquatic refurbishment in New South Wales, jointly undertaken with NBRS Architects. Originally built in 1959, the centre has significant heritage fabric, and is a well-known backdrop in many television scenes due to its colourful tiling style.

Leonora Offices Gets a Win at the National Timber Design Awards!

We are extremely proud to be the winners of the Landscape category at 2017’s National Timber Design Awards. Click through to see the photos!

Armadale Aquatic now in Documentation

Armadale Aquatic Centre is now entering the documentation phase of the project.  This exciting project includes a new all-weather leisure pool, indoor 25m pool, wellness suite, and programme pool.  It will be a great new facility for the people of Armadale and surrounding suburbs.

Armadale Aquatic Schematic Design

Armadale Aquatic is currently in design development.  This $25 million project will have an exciting array of sustainable features such as:

  • Geothermal Pool Heating
  • Highly insulated roof and high-tech glazing systems.
  • Solar hot water
  • Electrical Photovoltaics
  • High efficiency mechanical systems
  • All-weather covered outdoor pool, providing better year-round amenity.

We’re looking forward to documenting this project later this year.

DPA Receives National Timber Design Awards

Donovan Payne had a great day at the National Timber Design Awards this year, with our Bold Park project receiving two timber design awards:

  • “Best Public/Commercial Building”
  • “Best Timber Fabrication”

The full list of winners is available here: https://issuu.com/crowtherblaynemediaspecialists/docs/tda_awards_2016_ebook

Andrew also received the ‘Rising Star’ award for designers under 35 years of age.  A great achievement.  Now into our eighth technological generation of sustainable buildings, and with a renewed focus on sustainable timber construction, we are looking forward to improving on the lesson learned at Bold Park to produce even better buildings.

Donovan Payne Receives Commendation

Donovan Payne received a commendation at the WA Architecture Awards 2016 – a major accomplishment in a strong field of competitors.

Bold Park Aquatic Centre Complete

We are very proud to have completed the Bold Park Aquatic Centre in Floreat, WA.

Having spent the last 30 years at the forefront of sustainable Aquatic Centre technologies, Donovan Payne wanted to take this building one step further by using nature’s most sustainable resource: timber.  While other materials rely heavily on mining and other destructive processes, timber structures can be built from re-planted forests to ensure that we are not leaving tomorrow’s generation with less than we have today.  Using timber certified by the forestry stewardship council of Australia, the building settles into its beautiful bush landscape, and makes a clear statement to the community about environmental design.

The other joy of using timber is the warmth that it brings to public spaces; creating welcoming and unique spaces for the community to enjoy.  We have combined this with large operable walls around the leisure pool, as well as around the reception areas, so that the building can be fully opened up to […]

Mandurah Aquatic Complete

Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre is now complete!  This 20 million dollar refurbishment involved many complex elements, including marrying together several older buildings into one new coherent scheme.  The new centre looks fantastic, and we believe the images speak for themselves.

Donovan Payne and Perkins Builders will be building new dry-centre facilities over the next two years.

To see a virtual tour, proceed to this link:




Small Project – Bush House

Altough we are usually focused on larger scale projects, Donovan Payne finds the time to do very small projects too.  Bush House is a small extension, focusing on modular construction and quick build time.  We are hoping to build it ourselves in the coming months.

Piara Waters Sports Pavilion is Complete

Piara Waters sports pavilion is now complete, and we’re very happy with how our ‘glowing eaves’ concept has turned out!