Waves Aquatic Centre Upgrade

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Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre is closed to allow for the exciting refurbishment of the facility to begin.

Decommissioning of the site will now take place (April, 2020*), including removal of equipment, dismantling operating systems, safety works, and early works in preparation for demolition.

Early works (May, 2020*) will involve site establishment, site fencing site office installation, safety assessments, building demolition preparation, and the start of demolition works.

Once demolition is completed, construction will start.

Note: *subject to change.

The renewed swim centre will include:

  • FINA Standard Olympic Sized 50m pool with 10 x lanes
  • Combined indoor 25 metre learn to swim pool and family leisure pool
  • Swimming club clubhouse
  • Additional 20 metre warm water pool, including spa/sauna facilities
  • Reception, retail and management spaces
  • Large gym and fitness space
  • Spectator seating
  • Additional meeting/ program room
  • Water play structure/ splash play area
  • Basement car parking with lift access
  • Indoor/outdoor café
  • Group exercise and program rooms
  • Universal access for all users throughout the facility

Council has recently adopted a Masterplan for the existing site that provides the potential for the inclusion of a 25m x 10m lane pool and water slides in the future.


 

Frequently Asked Questions - click to open

WHEN WILL WAVES CLOSE?

Waves Fitness & Aquatic Centre will be closing on 31 March 2020 as planned with the exciting refurbishment of the facility to begin immediately.

WHERE CAN I SWIM AND EXERCISE WHILE WAVES IS CLOSED?

You may like to make enquiries specific to your activity type with neighbouring Council’s aquatic & leisure centres.

Where Can I Swim & Excercise While Waves is Closed Map(PDF, 636KB)

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CLOSURE OF THE FACILITY?

Directly following the closure, decommissioning of the site will take place in April*, including removal of equipment, dismantling operating systems, safety works, and early works in preparation for demolition.

Early works during May* will involve site establishment, site fencing site office installation, safety assessments, building demolition preparation, and the start of demolition works.

Once demolition is completed, construction will start.

*subject to change

WHY IS COUNCIL NOT BUILDING ANOTHER AQUATIC CENTRE FIRST BEFORE CLOSING DOWN 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 ageing and requires renewal which cannot wait. With modern upgrades and design improvements the future use and experience of Waves will be enhanced.

WILL THE DESIGN INCLUDE SOLAR AND SMART ENERGY TECHNOLOGY?

Yes, the plan is to incorporate energy efficient systems, sustainable materials, and smart energy features into the design and operation of the new facility. The type and extent of these technologies is being finalised - this will be part of the detailed design.

WHO WILL OPERATE THE FACILITY WHEN IT RE-OPENS?

Waves will remain a community asset. Before the new Centre opens, 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 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.

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 warm water pool, suitable for hydrotherapy activity, has been included. We are also planning for a separate Spa and Sauna space.

WILL THERE BE A CAFE?

Yes. A new cafe facility is planned, and is intended to have three access points – from the foyer, from the pool side, and from outside the front – providing different spaces to sit and enjoy the facility.

WILL LOCKERS BE AVAILABLE?

Yes. The exact number, type, and location of lockers is being 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 current 50m pool, for instance, has 8 lanes, and the new 50m pool will have 10 lanes.

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 numbers are not available while design is in progress, but an additional 20 spots may be provided near the entrance, and another additional 40 spots in an under-croft car park. Final numbers will be determined with the final design.

HOW WILL THIS REDEVELOPMENT BE PAID FOR?

Council is directly funding the Waves Redevelopment Project. The aim is to ensure that this public asset achieves the right balance between community needs and value.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH THE UPGRADE OF THE FACILITY?

Consultation with the users of Waves, and with the broader community, is an essential part of the project development. During the project journey, Council will share key milestones and developments on its website. You can keep in touch via our social media platforms, and if you have a query that has not been answered, you can contact us via this online form.

WHEN WILL THE NEW AQUATIC CENTRE REOPEN?

We have always allowed approx. 18 - 24 months for this project, however, we will not have a clear estimated opening date until the construction contract has been agreed, awarded, and signed.

We aim to complete this project and open it to the community as soon as possible.

 

Background

  • 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 Aquatic Centre Upgrade Concept Plans

Video credit: Masterplan video prepared by NBRS Architecture/Donovan Payne. 

 

View the 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

 


Community Consultation and Feedback (2018)

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

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 02 9843 0555 and enquire on your behalf.


Location

Waves Swimming Pool, 44 Mileham Ave, Baulkham Hills 2153  View Map

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