Public Art

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!

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 […]

A Touch of History.

One of our director’s, Carl Payne, was going through our archives and has discovered this forgotten gem!  One of the very rewarding aspects of designing buildings for local communities is the interaction and immediate effect that our work can have on a place.  This drawing is the result of the Lance Holt School children’s drawing class, with a just little bit of colour added by us.  The school made a great card out of it for the opening of the building!

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 […]

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.