The NSW government and Parramatta City Council have jointly announced the winning design for the Parramatta Aquatic centre, after more than a year of secrecy around the design.
A concept design by Grimshaw, Andrew Burges Architects and McGregor Coxall was chosen from shortlist of four designs from an international design excellence competition in June 2018. However, due to a funding dispute between the council and the state government, the winning design has been kept under wraps.
The aquatic centre will be located in the Mays Hill Precinct of Parramatta Park – an 85-hectare of parkland that includes that includes the World Heritage-listed Old Government House and Domain.
Andrew Burges explained that the heritage importance of the area and the topography of park were significant constraints of the site. A primary motivation of the design is to “minimize the impact of [the building] within that park setting and at the same time, give it a clear and singular identity,” he said.
The project will include a 10-lane, 50-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre indoor pool, learn to swim facilities, a cafe, and fitness and parking facilities.
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