Liquid Blu were engaged as the architect to design a new aquatic centre as part of the Hunter Street Sports Precinct redevelopment.
Client: Central Highlands Regional Council
Budget: $15M (Estimate)
Date: Completed March 2017
F.D.G Stanley Award for Public Architecture & Sustainable Architecture Award - Queensland Architecture Awards 2018
J.W. Wilson Award for Building of the Year, Public Architecture & Sustainable Architecture Awards- Queensland Central Architecture Awards 2018
Winner Projects over $10M
IPWEAQ Excellence Awards 2017
Winner Project of the Year / Sporting Facility Award Queensland Master Builders Awards 2017
Master Planning (including Staging Management)
Community and Stakeholder Engagement
Detailed Design and Documentation (Tender + Construction)
Programming of Works
The remote location of the project, being in Central Queensland, a semi-arid environment, required the project team to conduct extensive investigation into a value-for-money solution to combat the conditions on the site. The response resulted in arrangement similar to a ‘courtyard’, providing protection over the water bodies and amenities. The form of the courtyard design also internalises operations and interactions, provisioning secure play and relaxation.
The aquatic facility offers a 10 lane 50m competition pool, a sheltered 6 lane 25m program pool and splash-pad with a range of support facilities. The water spaces will be capable of supporting local - regional level competition, school groups, recreational swimming, training / lap swimming, water polo, covered programmes’ (learn to swim and aqua-aerobics), family, leisure, and activity zones. The facilities will be capable of catering to all levels of ability, age groups and interests.
Liquid Blu also played a critical role in the submission for Federal Government Funding. Having successfully assisted two previous projects in the same manner, we offered guidance and supporting documentation that helped secured an essential $6.5M in additional funding.