Time to lap up Lane Cove’s new 50m outdoor pool and grandstand
Lane Cove locals can now dive in to the new outdoor facility at Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre. The $12 million project includes a 50m outdoor pool and 800-seat grandstand accompanied by a range of accessibility and sustainability features. The new heated pool has a fibreglass swim wall which can be raised to segment the pool for a range of uses for lap swimming, swim meets and swimming carnivals including 4 x 50m lanes, 8 x 25m lanes or even 16 x 25m lanes.
The pool and grandstand were officially opened on Saturday 3 October, which also marked the beginning of the 2020/21 swim season. In attendance at the opening were Mayor of Lane Cove, Councillor Pam Palmer, Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman MP, Member for Lane Cove, the Hon. Anthony Roberts and BlueFit Ambassador and swim sensation, Ian Thorpe.
Visitors to the new outdoor facility will notice the new 800-seat capacity grandstand has accessible seating, is positioned to provide maximum shelter from sun and rain and overlooks the grass recreation area on the northern side. To contribute to Council’s sustainability targets, the grandstand is fitted with a 62kw solar panel system. Other sustainability features of the project include energy filters for power and water to reduce waste-water and chemicals used in the pool; a condensing boiler which uses gas and is 92% efficient as it reuses heat from the flue and the boiler; water-saving devices are included in the new on-deck showers and on taps/showers within the change rooms and unisex toilets; LED lighting is installed using the Dali system which allows for sensors and general energy efficiency; a pool blanket helps reduce evaporation and retain heat; and a 22,000 litre rainwater tank was also installed on-site to provide irrigation to the adjacent Pottery Green Oval.
As part of Council’s ongoing commitment to inclusiveness, the project has a number of accessibility features including an accessible ramp into the water; accessible toilets; and a brand new accessible changing facility equipped with adult change table, hoist and shower which allows people with high support needs to fully participate in the community.
To find out more about swimming in the new pool, please visit the Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre website.
Latest News - August 2020
Dive into the new outdoor pool this October! The new outdoor pool and 800 seat grandstand will officially open on the October long weekend.
The eight-lane, 50 metre pool provides a flexible setup with a state-of-the-art divider allowing the pool to operate in both 25 metre and 50 metre lengths. New change rooms are located underneath the impressive new grandstand along with on-deck showers. A new marshalling area complete with hearing loop will help provide access to high-quality facilities for competitions and carnivals.
The pool and grandstand are fitted with the latest sustainability features including energy efficient lighting, water and energy saving filters, heaters and pumps while an array of solar panels are fitted to the grandstand and marshalling area roof.
An adult change facility and accessible toilet are located at pool-deck level and there is a ramp into the pool for wheelchair access. A new artwork adorning the fence reflects the themes of water and movement and acknowledges how the traditional owners of the land – the Cameraygal people – engaged with Lane Cove's waterways.
Latest News - April 2020
Time flies when you're constructing a pool grandstand! Check out this time lapse of the new pool grandstand being constructed earlier this month.
• The grandstand roof structure has been completed and the construction of the grandstand and youth centre has begun.
• The southern concourse, including the plantroom structure, has been completed. The fit-out will begin this week.
• The wall tiling of the new pool is approximately 40% complete.
Works continue to be on schedule for the new pool to open in time for the 2020/21 swimming season.
Latest News - March 2020
The construction of Lane Cove’s new outdoor 50m pool and grandstand is swimming along nicely. Preliminary work has started on the grandstand and works on the building are expected to commence in late-March. Works are on schedule for the new pool to open in time for the 2020/21 swimming season.
Latest News - December 2019
225,000 litres of water have made a splash in drought-stricken Armidale! Trucks carrying the water arrived in Armidale on Wednesday 18 December with more trucks travelling north on Thursday 19 December delivering another 225,000 litres. The water has already been deposited into a water tank and a dam at Armidale Airport used by the Rural Fire Service (RFS) for RFS helicopters and firefighting efforts across Northern NSW from the Queensland border to Tamworth.
Council is currently in the deep-end of construction of a new outdoor pool, and as part of the site safety testing, the pool was required to be filled with water and emptied. Instead of disposing of the water down the drain, Council dived right in to arrange for the water to be accepted by organisations in Armidale, NSW.
Latest News - 31 October 2019
The progress of Lane Cove’s new 50m pool is going swimmingly and works are on schedule for the new pool to open in time for the 2020/21 swimming season.
Latest News - 11 October 2019
The new 50m outdoor pool is taking shape with the first third of the concrete tank, which will form the pool base, being poured today.
Latest News - 20 September 2019
The construction of Lane Cove’s new 50m pool is back on track after the recent rain. Concrete, which will form part of the pool base, has been poured and other work is on schedule for the new pool to open in time for the 2020/21 swimming season.
Latest News - 13 August 2019
The commencement of the excavation of the pool, which began earlier this month, was officially marked with a visit to the site by Mayor of Lane Cove Pam Palmer and Federal Member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman.
Latest News - 9 July 2019
The design of the new grandstand has been approved. Construction of the new 50m outdoor pool will begin this month and construction of the grandstand is set to begin later this year.
Latest News - 30 May 2019
A fly-through animation of Lane Cove's new outdoor pool and grandstand can be viewed on Facebook.
Latest News - 24 May 2019
The demolition of Lane Cove’s old 50m pool and grandstand is now complete. Council has appointed Crystal Pools to build the new 50m outdoor pool. Construction will start in mid-June and works are expected to take 12 months.
Latest News - 16 April 2019
At the Council Meeting on Monday 15 April 2019, Council accepted the tender from Crystal Pools Pty. Ltd. to rebuild the 50 metre outdoor pool.
A tender specification was prepared in March detailing the schedule of work, hours of work, safety requirements and reporting requirements. The specification outlined that the tender submissions would be assessed based on experience, project personnel, design and construct contracts and price. Tenderers also had to complete Council's Sustainability and Environment Assessment.
Each tender was assessed based on the criteria listed above and was awarded to Crystal Pools Pty. Ltd. A timetable will be made available once the contracts have been signed within the next two weeks.
Latest News – 27 March 2019
Federal Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman has announced the federal government will provide $2 million towards the construction of Lane Cove's new outdoor pool. Earlier this month, Mr Zimmerman organised a petition and campaign for the federal government to provide $1 million towards the construction of the new pool. The response to this petition was so strong that $2 million has been provided. The new pool will include eight lanes (the original pool had seven lanes) and a boom in the middle will allow for the pool to be separated into two 25m pools.
Latest News - 20 March 2019
received requests from members of the public who would like to remove their
tile from alongside the outdoor pool at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre. The tiles
were decorated in 1995 and have been affixed to the wall alongside the pool for
the past 24 years. If you have yet to contact Council please note that the last
opportunity to remove a tile will be this Saturday 23 March, 7:00am – 3:00pm.
Please wear enclosed footwear and report to the gate on the Phoenix Street side
of the pool. Anyone coming along to remove a tile does so at their own risk and
must bring their own equipment to remove the tile under supervision of those
on-site. The tiles are fragile and therefore there is no guarantee that your
tile will be able to be removed in one piece or without damage.
Development Application for the concourse was recently submitted with one more
development application to come in relation to the grandstand. Council is
currently anticipating the construction of the pool will take approximately 18
months however firmer details on timing will be known at the end of April once
we’ve heard back from potential suppliers.
Latest News - 8 March 2019
Council will soon
start the demolition of the 50m outdoor pool and grandstand which reached the
end of their lifespan in December. From Monday 11 March there will be no access
to the temporary car park on the Phoenix Street side of the pool as this is
converted to a works zone. The pedestrian footbridge from Little Street across to Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre will be temporary closed until late April. Pedestrians can still access the Aquatic Centre via the pedestrian crossings at street level on Little Street.
The following week from Monday 18 March there will
be four to six weeks of noisy daytime works as both of the concrete structures
are removed. Resident notifications will start next week alerting locals to
noisy daytime works from 18 March for approximately 4-6 weeks while both
concrete structures are removed.
During construction Lane Cove’s
Synergy Youth Centre has temporarily relocated from underneath the pool
grandstand to 47 Burns Bay Road (opposite Coles).
The Development Application for
the replacement pool was approved earlier this week providing the opportunity for
Council to now go to market for the construction aspect of the new pool. The
concourse and grandstand development applications will both be lodged this
month. Now that Council can go to market for construction we will soon have a
clearer construction and re-opening timeframe for the community.
FYI the indoor pools at the
Aquatic Centre still remain open with construction only taking place outside.
Latest News - February 2019
Council recently appointed project architects to oversee the planning and construction of a replacement pool and grandstand following the pool's closure in December 2018. The 50m outdoor pool was built in 1961 with Council planning for its replacement in the near future.
In early February 2019 Council lodged the first of three Development Applications (DAs) for the replacement of the pool. Thank you to members of the community who took time over the Summer period to provide their feedback on the future pool and grandstand. All comments were reviewed – some relate to aspects of the future DAs and/or operation of the pool and surrounding areas once constructed. As a result not all feedback will relate to this first DA.
The DA is for 8 lanes with an accessible ramp into the pool. It is expected that the works will cost around $3million and take approximately 12 months to commission and build. This first DA includes the pool tank which is the critical feature that allows Council to go to market for a specialised Pool builder. The following two DAs will relate to the concourse and then the grandstand/associated landscaping. It is expected that these will be lodged late February or in March.
Members of the community interested in looking at the DA are welcome to view the DA online using the number 10/2019 when prompted. The formal notification process for the DA commenced on 4 February 2019 with submissions closing on 17 February 2019.
Progress of the pool's construction will continue to be made available at www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/poolandgrandstand.