Delivered as a Design and Construct project, WRA were novated to the head contractor and provided full design and documentation services for the project. The main component of the building comprises a pool hall that has been developed as fully glazed form, enabling views from Cranbourne Road, with glimpses of light, sky and vegetation.
The centre uses passive design features such as shading, ventilation, thermal mass and separation and daylight to reduce energy and water consumption of the building. Co-generation, HVAC pressurisation and rainwater harvesting are the major ESD design elements that have been used along with solar panels and grey water recycling. The functional components include 50m pool, Warm water, play, learn to swim and toddlers pools, water slides and water play tower – as well as 900m2 gym and four group exercise spaces.
Aqualink Box Hill was an existing aquatic facility comprehensively redeveloped and expanded upon to meet current day standards. The building has a high insulated envelope, HVAC pressurisation, co-generation, solar hot water heating, rainwater harvesting, recycled material content and extensive natural daylight with glare control.
The centre has innovative air-handling systems shown to reduce operating heating costs that improve air quality and reduce water evaporation. The redesign involved existing pool upgrade, new learn to swim pool toddlers and leisure pools, indoor splash park, warm water exercise suite, outdoor lap pool, change rooms and a 700m2 gymnasium. The design promotes equity, diversity, and social connections that result in an improved quality of experience for its users.
The centre is positioned and designed to enable the future construction of adjoining “dry” exercise facilities served from a central spine of reception and change amenities.
The “drapped” shed roof form relates to historic timber shed structures in the district and provides a glazed pavilion to the pool hall with views through the adjacent sheltering trees. Facilities include a 25m x 6 lane lap pool and combined learn-to-swim, beach entry toddlers pool and warm-water exercise facility.
WRA was appointed to provide full architectural services for the design and construction of the new regional aquatic centre at Willow Park, Wodonga.
The outdoor water park environment includes: heated 50 x 25m lap pool, splashpark adventure playground, toddlers and leisure water, learn-to-swim / warm-up pool, a tower with two water slides, reception, cafe, change rooms and club rooms.
The water park will feature extensive concourse and lawn areas under numerous existing mature trees, overlooking the sports fields of Willow Park. The centre is designed to comply with requirements for regional swimming competitions.
The regional indoor centre includes: 25m lap and learn-to swim pools, extensive leisure and recreational water areas, 20m long warm-water exercise pool and health suite, two gymnasium and exercise studios, wellnes centre / community meeting rooms, cafe, reception / office and change facilities.
The indoor centre will overlook the outdoor water park with extensive verandahs and a stepped embankment providing spectator seating to the 50m pool.
The centre will adopt leading edge ESD and energy efficiency systems to provide substantial energy and operating cost savings over traditional aquatic and leisure centre.