Donovan Payne Receives Commendation

Donovan Payne received a commendation at the WA Architecture Awards 2016 – a major accomplishment in a strong field of competitors.

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!  

Armadale Offices

We have just finished rendering out the concept design for an Armadale Office project.  This was a fantastic chance to flex our design muscles and focus on blending a very large building into the edge of the business area.  After testing out dozens of schemes, we’ve uploaded our two favourite concepts below.  

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!

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 […]

Piara Waters Pavilion and Sports Precinct

After several years of design, negotiation and planning, Piara Waters pavilion is now under construction! The new urban development of Piara Waters in the City of Armadale, WA includes the provision of extensive playing fields and a multi-use sports pavilion.

St Hildas Anglican School for Girls


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 […]