1. When will the project begin?
The new Sports, Aquatic and Fitness Centre (SAFC) will begin construction in January 2023. A sod-turning ceremony has been conducted and there will be preparation works commencing from mid-December.
2. When will it be completed?
The College anticipates that the SAFC will be completed in early 2025, in time to celebrate our 150th Anniversary.
3. Where will the SAFC be located on the campus?
The new facility will be located in the south-eastern quadrant of the campus, running parallel to Burwood Highway and stopping before Elgar Rd.
4. What sports and facilities are being offered in the new Centre?
The sports centre will be the size of three basketball courts, which can also be configured for badminton, netball and volleyball. It includes a 50 metre, eight lane swimming pool, a 25 metre learn to swim pool, diving towers and seating for 400 visitors. There is a gymnasium and spin room, multipurpose spaces for aerobics, dance, relaxation, table-tennis and class teaching, staff areas, collaborative meeting spaces for students and staff and an underground carpark.
5. Will there be any impact to current Aquatic Centre programs and activities?
The College anticipates that all Aquatic Centre programs will continue as normal. However, access to the Centre via the upper main doors will be closed and will be via the lower entrance door only, opposite the main school oval. Parking access will continue as normal via the Senior School carpark at Gate 4 or along Parer St and the Gate 5 pedestrian gate. Gate 1 access before 7:30 am and after 6:30pm for club training will not be affected at this stage. There is to be no parking via the Gate 1 bus zone.
6. Will traffic and pedestrian access be impacted by the project?
The College has a scheduled plan of works to minimise disruptions to the life of the campus. However, there will be some changes that include closing Gate 2 for non-construction traffic, moving pedestrian access from Gate 2a to the new pedestrian-access zone near Gate 1 (the bus gate) and closing the Hethersett/Koorinya Ring Road, from the Junior School/ELC driveway through to Gate 2, for all internal movement.
7. Will there be any changes to car-parking arrangements on the campus?
All parent and visitor carparks in the ELC, Junior and Senior Schools will operate as normal. Parking surrounding Hethersett, Koorinya and the Aquatic Centre will be restricted during the project.
8. Who are the major SAFC Project Partners?
The SAFC has been designed by leading architectural firm Warren and Mahoney Architects. The project builder is ADCO and our other partners are Stantec Australia, Remington and Associates, Taylors and Hydrautech Design.
9. What are the plans for the current Aquatic Centre after the SAFC is completed?
The College will eventually demolish the current centre to make way for and significantly enhance the oncampus, car-parking facilities.
10. How can I stay up-to-date regarding the SAFC project ?
To see all the latest photos, videos, progress reports, news and updates regarding the SAFC, please visit our new SAFC Information Hub.