A long-awaited public pool on the Surf Coast is taking big steps towards reality with council endorsing an updated, detailed plan for the facility.
It clears the way to call for tenders for construction of the $46 million aquatic and health centre that will include a 25-metre indoor pool, 20x10m indoor program pool, gym, allied health suites and program spaces.
“We are aiming for completion early in 2026, bringing our community and visitors a health and wellbeing asset for all – from learn-to-swimmers to older adults, people with disability, families, lap swimmers and everyone in-between,” Mayor Liz Pattison said.
Council expects to receive tenders by the end of December and award the building contract by the end of April 2024.
Design plans for the facility have undergone several changes as council battled rising construction costs, a decision to switch from gas to electric heating of the facility, and consequential funding shortfalls.
“We recognise that this facility has been a long-held ambition,” Cr Pattison said.
“Our detailed design has taken into consideration feedback and inputs gathered through the design process.”
A focus for the Torquay North centre will be environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, with all-electric power supported by the maximum rooftop solar array.
Pool hall ceiling heights have been lowered to 7m as compared with 11m at similar facilities, 100 per cent of rainwater will be retained and re-used, there will be low profile glazing and no skylights, and minimal heat transfer from one internal space to another.
The pools will have ramp access and fully accessible change spaces throughout the centre will mean it caters to people with high physical needs.
Image: Detailed design plans for the Surf Coast Aquatic and Health Centre have been approved by council, which expects to award a construction contract by April 2024 (supplied).