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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.

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.

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:

 

 

 

Mandurah Aquatic Centre Ready for Construction

The Mandurah Aquatic Centre Tender will be completing over the next few weeks and will be gearing up to start construction.  This exciting project will take roughly 17 months to complete.

The newly refurbished centre will include a new 50 metre lap pool, new club room facilities, spectator seating, a new leisure pool, and a refurbished 25 metre pool.  Our focus has been on bringing the centre into the 21st century with a modern and inviting facade, as well as a clean and accessible interior.  The entire project will be accessible to people with disabilities by incorporating pool ramps and a universal floor height throughout.  At the request of the City of Mandurah, Donovan Payne has also designed a ‘Changing Places Room’.  This room meets a much higher level of care for people with learning disabilities and will help the entire community to enjoy the new facilities.

We are very excited to get the project started!

 

Update:

We are […]

Mandurah Out to Tender

 

It has been just under a year of consultation, briefing, designing and drafting at the Mandurah Aquatic Recreation Centre; and now finally we’re out to tender!

 

The refurbished aquatic centre involves the addition of a new leisure pool, tots pool, waterplay zone, casual spa, dedicated spa, 50 metre pool, change rooms, and new building facades!  It is one of the largest projects Donovan Payne has executed in 2013 and we are very excited to get the builders on site.  Subject to a successful tender, building will commence in early 2014.

 

 

Ryde Olympic Aquatic Centre

 

Ryde Aquatic Centre is better known to most people as the Sydney 2000 Olympic water polo venue.  This exceptionally large aquatic venue had a very demanding set of requirements as it needed to fulfill two quite separate functions:  Firstly, it had to present Australia on the world stage as a high-technology world-standard olympic venue; but secondly it had to function as a fully working community aquatic and sporting facility after the Olympics, while maintaining economic feasability.

 

Extensive briefing of the client and stakeholders was the key to Donovan Payne Architects’ success.  This involved defining the exact requirements of not only known users, but projected future conditions as well.  Ryde Aquatic Centre now consists of 25 and 50 metre pools, wave pool, water play areas, spa and sauna facilities, disability program pool, turbo channel, sporting courts and facilities, gymnasium, offices, and cafe spaces.  To this day, Ryde stands as one of the largest and most successful aquatic centres in Australia.

 

Murray Leisure Centre

 

Murray Leisure Centre was designed with a focus on Environmentally Sustainable Principles.  The local council needed a large set of facilities that could run very efficiently, without sacrificing on function.  Donovan Payne Architects believe that to generate truly sustainable design, it must be incorporated from the outset of the project.  Passive design measures were fully employed, including ample natural daylighting, low internal solar radiation, large natural ventilation, calculated use of louvres and thermal loads, and low-conduction transparent materials instead of glass.

 

The result has been a very large aquatic complex that needs very little artificial lighting and ventilation, and provides and excellent comfort level both visually and environmentally for the community.  The shire of Murray is reaping the rewards of sustainable design through lower running costs, and higher environmental satisfaction of both the pool users and the staff who need to use the space every day.

 

Leonora Aquatic Centre

 

Leonora Aquatic Centre is probably most famous for is Donovan Payne custom-design Noddy car in the leisure pool.  This waterplay element has proved so popular that several copies have popped up in other locations around Australia!

Leonora, situated in the Western Australian gold fields, is an icon of remote, rural communities.  Donovan Payne Architects have done several projects in Leonora, building a strong rapport with the shire, and its stakeholders.  The remoteness of the location make it a challenging job to execute, however we have developed strong systems for remote Architects work.  Donovan Payne developed a comprehensive plan for meetings, phone, and email contact with the client and stakeholders to ensure that the briefing process was thorough and accurate.

The extreme weather conditions that Leonora experiences meant that Donovan Payne had to develop strong passive environmental strategies from the outset of the project.  Combined with the strong client contact, and appropriate material and construction selections, we were able to create a […]

Derby

 

The shire of Derby is situated in remote Western Australia, to the east of Broome.  Due to Donovan Payne’s specialised experience in dealing with remote communities and difficult rural builds, we were commissioned to design community swimming and waterplay facilities.  Remote builds pose unique challenges to Architects due to the lack of direct exposure to the site and its inhabitants.  Donovan Payne developed a comprehensive plan of site visits, phone contact and regular email contact to ensure that all stakeholders and client input was successfully incorporated into the brief.

 

Unlike the large Aquatic complexes of Ryde, NSW and Mandurah, WA; derby required a modest and appropriate facility that offered plenty of fun for different age groups while recognising tight budget constraints – every dollar of construction cost in Derby is almost twice what it would cost in Perth!  We were happy to oblige, and there was still plenty of room for waterplay elements and fun additions.  After creating a successful […]

Claremont

 

Claremont pool was a major pool refurbishment for the City of Claremont, consisting of a major re-sculpt, re-tile and upgrade to pool plant facilities.  The result was a serious transformation from an out-dated set of pools to a modern and vibrant standard.  The addition of shade structures around the pool have increase its functionality for the users.  At the time when the original Claremont pool was constructed, Australia saw pools as a place for exercise – swimming laps.  Over the evolution of pools in Australia we have gone from such a strict functionality to realising a much more dynamic relationship with pool users.

 

These days people swim laps, use spa features, play in waterplay zones, sunbathe, rehabilitate and even have barbecues on location.  Donovan Payne’s approach was to vastly increase the possibility of these other uses to maximise the potential of the pool.  The result is a modern facility ready for many decades to come.