Donovan Payne Architects provided full architectural service from master planning through to contract administration.

Scope of Work

  • The new pool is 51.25 metre x 8 lanes, with a 1.25 metre wide boom.
  • This provides a 50 metre lap pool, two 25 metre lap pools, or a competition-sized water polo pool.
  • The pool has been designed as a full FINA compliant competition pool, with concourse-level overflow gutters along both sides of its 51.25 metre length. It is a fully tiled, formed concrete pool, using fit-for-purpose DIN standard rating commercial pool-grade ceramic tiles.
  • The project includes the following support facilities and amenities:
  • Change rooms with WC, shower, basin and lockers
  • Deck-side showers
  • Accessible facility
  • Entry/Office area
  • Spectator seating under windbreak-sun shelter
  • Plant room
  • Pool storage

Project Outcomes

Finished on time and on budget.

As the reference on the following page explains, Donovan Payne Architects provided St Hilda’s with some advice pertaining to a tender process for procurement of the builders. The Davis Langdon pre-tender estimate was $6.8million. Rod Sproule of Perkins Builders, who was the successful tenderer for $5.5million, stated that the quality and clarity of our documentation contributed substantially to the very competitive tender results.

Naturally, the school is delighted to have saved around $1.5million in project costs. Donovan Payne Architects is very proud of this result.


Bespoke Private Project

St Hildas wanted a pool that would not only function well, but also create a unique identity and act as a selling point for future students. Donovan Payne took this brief and designed a fully bespoke set of steel work, seating, and light fixtures to generate that identity. The result is fantastic, and really sets the school apart from its competitors.

Small Site

The small site constraints meant that Donovan Payne had to think outside the box. Services and plant areas were cleverly built in below the pool and directly under the stadium seating to save on space. They still remain fully accessible while being well-concealed.


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