Surry Hills-based Andrew Burges Architects, together with Grimshaw and TCL, have won the competition to design the largest aquatic centre to be built in Sydney at Green Square.
The design is inspired on the beach pools of Sydney and comprises a 50m outdoor pool set within a large, uneven shaped ‘beach pool’, boasting space for both lap and leisure swimmers.
Organised within a park with play equipment, boardwalk and native landscaping, the new design will also feature a 25m indoor programme pool to offer swimming training sessions, an indoor leisure pool with several interactive toys.
In addition, the new aquatic centre will integrate a crèche with indoor and outdoor play spaces, a full-scale outdoor synthetic multipurpose sports playfield as well as a fully-equipped gymnasium and outdoor training circuit.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore told The Daily Telegraph: "Andrew Burges and his team have come up with a beautifully conceived scheme that will appeal to everyone from kids looking for a place to play, to families enjoying a picnic and swimmers improving their lap times.
"The completion date of this pool is 2019, which will be 14 years after [the] council resolved to build a pool out there."
Work on the swimming pool is set to commence in January 2017, soon after the completion of major drainage works by Sydney Water and the City of Sydney.
Anticipated to be ready in 2019, the new $50m Green Square Aquatic Centre project will be built in Gunyama Park, which also includes a skate park, a rain garden and the restoration of the Gunyama wetlands.