Waves Update (Aug 2019)
- The Hills Shire Council approved a $55 million concept design for a knock down and rebuild of Waves Aquatic Centre during the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
- A FINA standard 10 lane 50 metre Olympic swimming pool, universal access ramps, a warm water program pool, spa and sauna facilities, underground car parking, café, community rooms, swimming club clubhouse and a kids water play area are just some of the exciting features residents can look forward to at the re-imagined Waves Aquatic Centre.
- Council also moved to adopt a Masterplan (as shown in the video below) for the existing site, allowing the potential for further enhancements to be made at Waves in the future, including the inclusion of a 25 metre square pool and water slides.
- Waves is scheduled to close on 31 March, 2020 and Belgravia Leisure will continue to operate the facility up to this date. Construction will commence after closure.
Video credit: Masterplan video prepared by NBRS Architecture/Donovan Payne.
Waves Aquatic Centre Upgrade Concept Plans
Waves Aquatic Centre Upgrade Concept Drawings(PDF, 13MB)
Option B is the approved concept design for the aquatic facility. Option C is the Masterplan for the site should Council wish to include the water slides and 25m square pool in the future.
Option B provides the following facilities:
- Reception, Retail, Management Spaces
- Café with internal & external Seating
- Larger Gym & Fitness Group areas
- 50m Pool – 10 x Lanes
- Spectator Seating
- Combined 25m Learn To Swim pool & Family Leisure Pool
- Recreation Courtyard
- Swimming Clubhouse
- Amenities, Plantrooms, Storage Facilities
- Additional On-ground car parking
- Additional 20m Warm Water Pool, including spa/sauna facilities
- Additional Meeting / Program room
- Water Play Structure / Splash Pad Area
- Creation of basement car parking with lift access
Waves Update (Aug 2019)
- The development of various concept options, which has been based from community and Council feedback, for the revitalisation of Waves has reached a point where Council now needs to make a decision on how they would like to proceed.
- This information will be reported to the Council meeting on Tuesday 27 August 2019.
- Information about the report is now available in the Council Meeting Agenda.
Waves Update (Dec 2018)
- Council can confirm that Waves will close on 31 March, 2020
- Belgravia Leisure will continue to operate the facility until this date
- Construction on the new facilities will commence after 31 March, 2020.
Waves FAQ - December 2018(PDF, 834KB)
COMMUNITY CONSULTATION AND FEEDBACK
Thank you to all who participated in the May – June 2018 consultations. During this time site meetings with user groups were held to understand usage and requirements. In addition, over 170 ‘Have Your Say’ visitor and community comment cards were received.
High level concept plans, including artist impressions, were used during the May-June 2018 community consultations to stimulate discussion and to seek further feedback regarding user experience and expectation.
For more information please complete this online enquiry form
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?
Waves currently remains open for business. Council has commenced a request for tender to progress to detailed design.
This design will include greater detail about the inclusions and layout of Waves and will be used in future community consultation.
WHAT IS HAPPENING NEXT AND WHEN WILL WAVES CLOSE?
Currently Waves remains open for business and we encourage all our residents to continue to use and enjoy the facility up to its closure. Once a detailed design has been drafted it will be placed on exhibition and community consultation will occur. This feedback will be considered by Council prior to any decision to adopt a final design.
Council will then progress to tender for the construction phase.
We will continue to connect with you on all milestones and key updates – via this Have Your Say page.
WILL THE PROJECT BE STAGED TO ALLOW ONGOING USE OF AT LEAST ONE POOL?
This is unlikely due to the limits of the existing facility and practicality is likely to require the closure of the venue. Existing services will be required to be upgraded as part of the redevelopment.
WHY IS COUNCIL NOT BUILDING ANOTHER AQUATIC CENTRE FIRST BEFORE CLOSING DOWN WAVES?
The current facility is aging and requires renewal.
WILL THE DESIGN INCLUDE SOLAR AND SMART ENERGY TECHNOLOGY?
Yes, the aim is to incorporate energy efficient, sustainable and smart energy features into the designs and operation of the new facility. The type and extent of these technologies have not yet been determined; this will be part of the detailed design.
WHO WILL OPERATE THE FACILITY WHEN IT RE-OPENS?
Waves will remain a community asset. When operational details are determined Council will assess and consider the best management option for the operation of the facility.
WILL THE ROSE GARDEN BE IMPACTED?
No, the rose garden will not be impacted by the final size of the redevelopment. There are no plans to increase the footprint of the current development area into the rose garden.
WILL GREEN SPACE AND TREES BE RETAINED WITHIN THE REDEVELOPMENT?
Yes, green space and trees are an important part of Waves. The detailed design will be required to retain or incorporate as many natural features as possible.
HAVE YOU VISITED OTHER FACILITIES AS PART OF INVESTIGATIONS AND PLANNING?
Yes. Detailed site inspections at other locations helped identify what was working well and noted items that could be improved.
WILL THERE BE A HYDROTHERAPY POOL?
The design needs to consider an overall aquatic centre offer – one that is the most suitable for the diverse range of user groups. At this stage a series of items, including a hydrotherapy pool, are included for consideration. The final design will be the one that is the most suitable.
WILL THERE BE A CAFE?
Yes. A new cafe facility is intended to have dual access by both pool users inside Waves and by external patrons. The location will be determined as part of the detailed design.
WILL LOCKERS BE AVAILABLE?
Yes. The number, type, and location of lockers will be determined as part of the detailed design.
WILL THERE BE A DEDICATED SPACE FOR LANE/LAP SWIMMERS WITH THE NEW POOL?
The plan is to provide additional water space over what is currently available. The final design will determine what is most suitable.
HOW MUCH MORE CAR PARKING WILL BE PROVIDED?
An important design goal is to provide as many car spaces for parking as possible within the Waves redevelopment. The exact number and location will be communicated once final plans are designed.
HOW WILL THIS REDEVELOPMENT BE PAID FOR?
Council will directly fund the Waves redevelopment project. The aim is to manage this public asset to achieve the right balance between community needs and value.
HOW CAN I PROVIDE FEEDBACK?
Consultation with the users of Waves and with the broader community is an essential part of the project. During the project journey Council will share key milestone developments, and invite feedback and comments from the community.
The 'Have Your Say' Consultation May-June 2018
WHY UPGRADE WAVES?
Planning to meet the needs and aspirations of the Hills Shire community involves consideration of current and future recreation and leisure needs. This includes both new and existing facilities.
Community aquatic facilities play an important role in providing residents social, recreational and sporting opportunities. While there is community interest in a future second aquatic facility, we must first assess and address the existing offering at Waves. Opened in 1967, the facility is aging. With modern upgrades and design improvements the future use and experience of Waves will be enhanced.
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE SO FAR?
Preliminary consultation with visitors to Waves was undertaken in September 2017. We asked about user experience of the venue and aspirations for future improvements. A business case for an upgrade was developed using visitor feedback, community comments, usage data, industry trends and technical assessments.
Results from the September 2017 Survey:
Summary of Suggestions:
- Consider additional lanes for the 50m pool
- Important to retain the outdoor feel and open air areas
- Improved spectator amenity
- Improved parking
- Provision of an updated baby area/water play
- A third pool if possible
- Improved learn to swim space
- Improved café and social spaces
- Improved gym space
- Improved change facilities
- Improved accessibility within venue
WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?
Waves fitness and aquatic centre remains open for business.
Currently Council is exploring funding and management options. This process will call for a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the marketplace. The outcome will further inform Council about the best next steps.
The detailed design for the redevelopment will be formed by further technical investigations, ongoing community consultation, and feedback from the market place and industry specialists.
Once a development pathway is established, then the redevelopment will go to Tender. The Tender submissions will establish the timelines and budgets that we will need to consider.
Only when a Construction Tender is awarded will we be able to then establish and communicate redevelopment timelines with confidence.
WHEN WILL THE WORK COMMENCE?
No construction will commence until Council is convinced that the best design has been achieved within the allowances and constraints of the site, and that the budget required for the redevelopment will provide best value to the community.
This will be a multifaceted project that will require reporting back to Council and the community for each key milestone.
I would like more information?
If you do not speak English and require a translation/interpreter please contact the Telephone Interpreter Service on 131450 and ask them to call Council on 9843 0555 and enquire on your behalf.