Environmentally Sustainable Design

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.

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

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 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.

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:

 

 

 

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!  

Goldfields Offices to be Documented

Donovan Payne’s concept design has been reviewed by funding committees and we are expecting to proceed to full documentation over the next few months.

This exciting project will be focused on material efficiency, as building out in rural areas means that all materials must be trucked to site – a very long drive! To aid this process, we will be making use of pre-fabricated composite wall panels and roof panels. These panels come with extremely high insulation properties that will protect the building from the harsh Leonora sun.

One of the most difficult and interesting aspects of the design was fitting the building in with century-old historical buildings which will stand for a long time into the future. We didn’t want to force historical qualities onto this modern new facility, however it needed to fit onto the site and into the streetscape.

Our focus has been on using glue-laminated timber and perforated aluminium screening to give the building a strong modern appearance, […]

Bold Park Aquatic Centre Ready for Tender

Bold Park Aquatic is now nearing tender time, and we should hopefully see some construction begin within 3 months. It’s a very exciting time at Donovan Payne as we are gearing up to take on more new sustainable technologies.

Bold Park Aquatic Centre will be a major improvement over the current centre, with an all-new 10 lane 50 metre pool; a warmer all-weather leisure pool; creche and multi-purpose room; and local cafe.

The pools will be heated by an all-new solar hot water array, significantly reducing operating costs over the next 30 years. Donovan Payne has put the focus on sustainable materials, and will be using extensive amounts of Radiata Pine Glulam and Hoop Pine plywood in the design. These fast-growth species are certified by the Forestry Sustainability Council, and are regularly replanted to ensure that we are protecting our forests.

The design will maximize natural ventilation and natural light, so that the centre’s running costs can be kept as low as […]

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 […]

Bold Park Aquatic Walkthrough Complete

Donovan Payne has recently completed the Schematic Design phase for Bold Park Aquatic in Western Australia.

 

The design consists of a new 10-lane 50 metre pool with full disabled access; a new all-weather leisure pool and community leisure areas; and a new administration building with a large cafe space serving both swimmers and park trail walkers.  At the heart of the building will be a new iconic entrance that will sit naturally in the bush landscape and give a unique identity to the facilities.  The aim is to create a sense of pride in the local users to maximise usage and increase the centre’s viability.

 

The emphasis has been on providing solid passive solar design by maximizing indirect day-lighting without admitting any hot direct sunlight.  The main areas will all have access to good natural ventilation as well as benefiting from a large portion of locally-sourced materials.  In addition to its passive features, a large evacuated-tube solar farm will be placed […]