On Monday March 25, North Sydney Council voted to progress the redevelopment of the North Sydney Olympic Pool to the next stage (Stage 2 Design - Preparation of a Development Application and Statutory Approvals).
In November 2017, a Mayoral Minute was put to Council, whereby Council resolved to progress “Option 2” for the redevelopment of the Pool. “Option 2” was one of six options previously developed for the pool that ranged in cost from $16million to $72million dollars.
“Option 2”, now referred to as “Option 2b” has been through a design development process since the design consultant team was engaged by Council in June 2018.
In February 2019, it was also reported to Council that the existing Pool Grandstand built in 1935/36 had reached the end of its useful life and retaining it in the long term should not be considered.
The total project cost currently estimated for the redevelopment of the pool is $57.9million which exceeds the $28millon currently included in Councils Delivery Program 2018/19 - 2020/21.
For Council to proceed with implementation of the project a further $29.9million will be required. As resolved on by Council at its March 25 meeting, Council is currently seeking State and Federal Government funding to ensure that this “once in a lifetime” project can be constructed in the shortest possible time frame.
Mayor Jilly Gibson said:
The concept plan brings the pool and gym facilities into the 21st century while retaining the heritage elements that our community treasures, including the entry stairwell, art deco wall along the harbour and a refreshed hall of fame.
Council recognises that the Pool plays two roles in our community. It is a much-loved and well-used local facility but it is also a Sydney icon that attracts people from across the world. These plans will ensure the Pool continues to meet community needs and remains one of the best outdoor pools in the world.
Further community consultation will take place during the DA phase of this project which is expected to be completed towards the end of 2019.
The key components of the Option 2b design for the Redevelopment of North Sydney Olympic Pool include:
NEW 50m pool
NEW family leisure pool with sunshade
NEW children’s interactive water play area
NEW sundeck and “Gelato bar”
NEW expanded “Ripples café” adjacent to Olympic Boulevard
NEW change facilities, including family change facilities
NEW grandstand with roof/shade structure, with capacity for 970 people
NEW expanded 1100m2 gym suitable for all ages in a new Grandstand
NEW 120m2 creche with 47m2 outdoor play area on the ground level
NEW 4 x lane 25m Indoor Pool, Warm Water Pool, Spa and Sauna Facilities
NEW café, with potential to host events
NEW 176m2 retail shop
NEW covered entry off Alfred Street incorporating the original heritage entry
NEW All Pool facilities are all fully accessible with purpose built ramps.
For more information about the North Sydnbey Olympic Pool redevelopment refer to the March 2019 Council Report prepared by the Engineering and Property Services Division and the accompanying Media Release.
An extensive Tender process for Design and Project Management Services for the redevelopment of the North Sydney Olympic Pool “Option 2” was completed and reported to Council on 25 June 2018. Project Managers (NS Projects) and Architects (Brewster Hjorth Architects and sub consultant team) have been appointed to redevelop the North Sydney Olympic Pool complex.
In November 2017, a mayoral minute was put to Council whereby Council resolved to
1. THAT Council supports the development of Option 2 to a detailed design phase.
2. THAT the design development includes an upgraded crèche that meets the needs of parents and carers who wish to keep their children safe while visiting the gym and pool facilities, and that the design solution takes into account any anticipated increased demand for the crèche once the overall pool facility is upgraded.
3. THAT while the detailed design is being undertaken, Council staff in conjunction with the Architects develop a business analysis of the costs and future revenue streams of the project.
4. THAT the detailed design and business analysis be reported back to Council before being placed on public exhibition for an extended consultation period.
5. THAT Council consider accessibility in the planning specifically addressing universal design.
6. THAT Council staff investigate options for allowing pool and gym users access to Luna Park’s Parking Station, which at present is under-utilised.
7. THAT the Mayor and Deputy Mayor meet with the Member for North Sydney, the Member for North Shore and the Premier, seeking their assistance in applying for grant funding for the Pool renewal project.
Note: In 2016/17 the project was put on hold due to the requirements of the proposed NSW Council amalgamations. Councils could not proceed with Major Projects during the proposed merger period.
March 2016. The outcome of the community consultation for Phase 2 was reported to Council in March 2016. Council, at its meeting on 21 March 2016 resolved to defer the project: Refer to web link for the full Council Resolution of 21 March 2016.
August / September 2015. Phase 2 Community Consultation was undertaken from August 13 to 25 September 2015 with the findings presented to Council in March 2016.
March/April 2015, Council resolved at its March 2015 meeting to place all six (6) options developed as a result of Phase 1 Community consultation on Public Exhibition.
September 2014 -Phase 1 community consultation was conducted from 16 September to 30 November 2014 with the findings presented to Council in December 2014.
The redevelopment of the North Sydney Olympic Pool was initially approved by Council in July 2013 when Council adopted a scoping report from the Engineering and Property Services Division for the upgrade of the pool.
An Expression of Interest (EOI) was then run by Council to invite specialist consultants and their sub-consultant’s teams to register an interest in providing design services for the upgrade of the pool. 25 submissions were received and 23 Consultant teams were short listed for the next stage – a select tender for the preparation of Master Plan Options in December 2013.
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