New site revealed for new $82M Adelaide Aquatic Centre

Construction will begin on the new site in the North Adelaide Parklands next year with the current facility remaining open during the build.

It’s been months in the making but the SA Government has finally revealed the location for the new Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

The new provision will be located in the southwest corner of the North Adelaide parklands, just south of the current facility, and will boast more modern and accessible features in a significant upgrade to what currently exists. Infrastructure and safety concerns riddle the current aquatic centre with many aspects unable to be used.

The new $82M project will include a 25m and 50m indoor pool, large indoor water play area, learn-to-swim pool and leisure swimming pools, spa and hydrotherapy pool alongside a full gym and group fitness areas.

A lot was taken into consideration in the selection of the new site with a four-month-long public consultation process that saw over 900 submissions from users of the centre as well as local residents. Surrounding trees and bushland were also taken into consideration with the chosen site in the southwest expected to result in the least amount of greenery lost.

With over 900,000 visitors to the centre annually, the decision to choose a new site within the parklands as opposed to rebuilding the current site came so as to not inconvenience its users with officials saying it would have left the pool unusable for over two years.

Works on the new centre are due to begin next year with an expected completion date of 2026. The current swimming centre will then be demolished and ownership returned to the parklands where the land will be restored.

The next stage for the project will see the beginning of a 9-month design phase with JPE Design Studio signed up to do the job in collaboration with Warren and Mahoney architecture.

The current aquatic centre will stay open and operational until the competition of the new space.

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