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.
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.