Pool Masterplan background

The 50m pool in the North Sydney Olympic Pool complex has reached the end of its life and requires significant upgrading. Council is taking this opportunity to redevelop the complex so that it can continue to meet the needs of current and future generations.

Since 2014, we’ve been preparing a Masterplan that will guide future development at the North Sydney Olympic Pool. In late 2014 we undertook consultation to capture general feedback about the pool and needs for the future. The information from the Phase 1 consultation was used to develop six design options for the pool.

We want to hear your views

We are now entering Phase 2 of consultation. Council is embarking in a rigorous consultation process to ensure that the community is fully informed about the six options that have been prepared. To ensure we make the right decision, we need to hear what the community thinks. Details of the six design options are available here.

Underpinning principles

From the beginning the project has been underpinned by a number of key principles that the Masterplan should address. Development should:

  • recognise the heritage of the pool complex
  • ensure the pool complex is sustainable for future generations
  • meet modern user requirements for people of all abilities and ages
  • ensure any future designs embrace management best practice and sustainability principles
  • improve the user and visitor experience
  • maintain the pool complex as an iconic Sydney attraction.

Brief history of the Pool

1936 - pool opened and hailed as a ‘wonder pool’ for its state-of-the-art filtration system

1938 - hosted the Empire Games swimming and diving events

1964 - pool shortened to the new metric length of 50 metres

1970 - pool retiled

1950s to ‘70s - 86 world records set by swimming greats such as Murray Rose, Dawn Fraser and Shane Gould

1972 - pool is heated in winter

1980 - diving springboards removed

2001 - complex redeveloped and facilities including a 25m indoor pool and gymnasium added

2014 - 50m pool reaches the end of its life and requires significant upgrading.

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