Meeting Facilities

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!

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!  

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 […]

Choa Chu Kang Singapore

 

Choa Chu Kang in Singapore is the home of the Warriors – Champions of Singapore’s national top-tier professional S-League.  The Singapore Sports Council commissioned Elton Roade Architects and Donovan Payne Architects to design a new Stadium and Aquatic Centre under their “Sports for all” campaign.  At the time, Singapore’s aquatic facilities were entirely focused on sporting and competition.  There were few aquatic leisure and community facilities within the country, and even these consisted of the standard lap pool designs.

Through strong communication and briefing with the Singaporean sports council, Donovan Payne delivered an entirely new model of aquatic facilities to Singapore, consisting of a wave pool, leisure pool facilities, lazy river, lap pool, and waterplay facilities.  In conjunction with the Stadium component, and community street food sections, the complex has successfully created a vibrant community complex that is many things to different groups: the home of the Singapore Warrriors, an open jogging facility for the strong Choa Chu Kang jogging […]

Pearl

 

The BEC Pearl Room Offices are a luxury set of offices at Burswood Entertainment Centre.  A high level of finish was required, with ample natural lighting and ventilation to create the best possible working environment.  Through a strong consultation process with the client, we narrowed down the brief to their exact requirements.  The result is a very high level of finish that is incomparable to a standard set of offices.  Combined with the environmentally sustainable design principles employed, the working atmosphere in these spaces is optomised to create a sense of lightness, atmospheric comfort, and natural acoustic levels.

 

 

Balga Aquatic Centre

 

Balga Aquatic Centre is both an Aquatic complex and community facility for the surrounding area.  Comprising of a creche, community meeting facilities, cafe space, and public art components, it has become much more than a standard set out pools.  Donovan Payne set out from the beginning of the project with a focus on communicating with community stakeholders to add additional value to the project.  The brief developed to include several multi-functional spaces to suit a variety of the community’s needs, and the early input from the community was key in the development of the best possible Architectural result.

 

Another important element of the facilities was providing ample disabled access throughout the complex.  The leisure pool’s “zero beach”, and the 25 metre pool’s disability ramp are key design elements in every Donovan Payne design, as well as special “Family and Disabled” changing, showering, and toilet facilities.  In addition to these features, Donovan Payne also designed Balga a fully accessible hydrotherapy pool […]

Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre

 

Donovan Payne Architects was awarded the architectural commission and presented with a concept design and costing which had been previously prepared by Thomson Marquis / Ian Howard and Prior Cheney Architects from Melbourne. It was very soon apparent that the plan produced did not satisfy the functional requirements and that the project had been severely under-costed.

Donovan Payne Architects worked with Council to redefine the project and produced a new functional design brief and costing.

Donovan Payne Architects provided full architectural, engineering and costing services and superintended the construction of the project that was completed, within budget in 2008.

Functional planning involved the successful integration of new indoor aquatic facilities with the existing sports centre and indoor pool.

Existing facilities included:

  • Refurbished the existing indoor 25m pool
  • Refurbished the existing pool concourse
  • Renovated and refurbished the existing timber structure, ceilings and spectator seating to the pool hall
  • Upgraded existing pool hydraulics, disinfection, chemical storage and delivery systems

New facilities included:

  • Indoor 25m pool with combined Turbo Channel, Learn to […]