Sydney city’s new Gunyama Aquatic Center cost to exceed $ 100 million

Sydney’s Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Center, initially budgeted at $ 50 million when the project was approved in 2015, will cost $ 106 million when it opens next month.

The facility, scheduled to open on February 1, has seen its costs rise steadily since it was first approved by Sydney city councilors.

Since builders CPB Contractors signed an $ 84 million contract to build the facility in January 2018, costs associated with the project and the delay of the coronavirus have risen sharply.

Continuing the City of Sydney’s recent history of ambitious aquatic facility designs, the facility design was undertaken by the team of Andrew Burges, Grimshaw and TCL, after Burges won a competition to architecture of the city of Sydney in 2014.

The resort has a 50 meter heated outdoor swimming pool set in a larger asymmetrically shaped pool inspired by Sydney ocean pools and beaches. It also includes a 25-meter indoor swimming pool with movable floor, a children’s water play area, an indoor hydrotherapy pool, a fitness center and nursery as well as an adjacent synthetic turf football field and swimming pools. outdoor rest areas.

As Australia’s first aquatic center to hold a Green Star, the Center will implement a number of water, energy and waste initiatives to ensure its sustainability.

These include:

• A system of solar panels on the roof and a cogeneration system to generate electricity to operate the complex.
• Energy efficient lighting and water efficient equipment
• A rainwater recovery system
• Building materials that reduce dependence on artificial lighting
• A design that responds to the local climate and eliminates any need for excessive heating and cooling systems
• Water-sensitive landscaping

A spokesperson for the City of Sydney said that “many factors, including the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, have delayed the completion of the project.”

Belgravia Leisure having started its operating contract for the installation at the end of September, before Christmas on Sydney Morning Herald said the City will have paid the contractor more than $ 1 million before it opens.

With the article, Sydney Mayor Clover Moore said Council had unanimously approved the terms of the center’s 2019 operating contract, which included a pre-opening period allowing the operator to ” hire and train staff, purchase and install equipment, and ensure the installation was safe. and ready for the public.

Council officials said nearly half of the estimated budget ahead of the scheduled opening on February 1 was related to staff costs, which involved recruiting and training 149 people.

The remainder covered marketing, chemicals, equipment purchases, plant and equipment maintenance, insurance, hardware and licensing, and pre-cleaning of the facilities.

Regarding the delays, a spokesperson for the City of Sydney said that “many factors, including the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, have delayed the completion of the project.”

With the population of neighboring suburbs growing rapidly, around 470,000 visits to the center are expected in the first year, followed by 680,000 in the third year.

The enclosure of Green Square, which spans the suburbs of Beaconsfield and Zetland, and parts of Rosebery, Alexandria and Waterloo, is expected to become the most densely populated part of Australia by 2030.

Click here for more information on the project.

Images: The almost complete Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Center (top), its 25-meter movable indoor floor (middle) and facility signage and synthetic turf soccer field (bottom).

Article modified on January 11, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

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