Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre closed due to upgrade
January 6, 2021
The refurbishment of the White Memorial Pool – the 50m outdoor pool at the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre- is running around three weeks behind schedule as a result of weather delays and is now expected to reopen towards the end of January.
Relining and tiling works have been completed and the finished works will include a wet deck, all access ramps, shade structures, lighting for night events and new reticulation and pumping works.
Works will continue the indoor pool project - which includes a heated learn-to-swim pool, wet children's play space, extended cafe, extended solar PV array and a sauna and spa – and remains on schedule for completion by the end of March.
Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre Upgrade Update
Works are due to start on the refurbishment of the 50 metre outdoor pool at the Muswellbrook Aquatic Center with the aim of reopening the pool by the end of 2020.
The works program includes the lining of the pool, installation of a wet deck, removal of the existing concrete hob and gutters and construction of an access ramp which will extend the longevity and efficient operation of the pool and enable compliance of the pool body to current standards.
The 50 metre outdoor pool was opened on 3 February, 1929, making it more than 90 years old. Water leaks have been an issue for a number of years and it is considered that the refurbishment will extend the life of the pool for a further 25 years.
While the Aquatic Centre is closed for the upgrade Council has arranged for Muswellbrook Swimming Club members to be transported to Singleton by bus for training during winter and, if necessary, to Denman for summer.
Denman Memorial Pool will open, for organized swim activity and exercise purposes only, on October 6 (Monday to Friday).
As determined by the current NSW Public Health Notice no recreational swimming is allowed at this time.
22 JUly 2020 - MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE upgrade
Following closure to comply with Public Health Orders, Council negotiated with the construction contractor for the Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre Upgrade Project to include all additions of the adopted master plan in the redevelopment and reduce the length of the construction programme for this important community facility.
The additions include the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a water activity park, learn to swim and therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, party room, spa and sauna, viewing deck, and upgrade of the fitness centre to allow 24/7 access, during which time the centre will remain closed.
This construction programme has created the opportunity for Council to bring forward the refurbishment of the outdoor 50 metre pool. The outdoor pool will remain closed during the winter season as per the usual practice and reopen when works are completed. Understanding the importance of the outdoor pool to the community, as much as practicable, delivery for summer will be a high priority.
Council recognises that these works will be inconvenient and frustrating for many users of the Aquatic and Fitness Centre and asks for the community’s patience during this construction period. The end result of the completed redevelopment and refurbishment works will bring forward an exciting new level of service and greatly improved facilities for the community to enjoy.
Council appreciates the community’s understanding, and for further project information, or to answer any questions regarding membership, please contact Council on 6549 3700.
1-2 FEBRUARY, 2020 - TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE
Council advises that to facilitate further demolition works as part of the Early Works Program the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre will be closed on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2.
The work includes the removal of bonded asbestos pipe encased in concrete. All work will be completed in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.
Council has engaged a licenced demolition and asbestos removalist to undertake the work including the engagement of an experienced occupational hygienist to ensure safe operations at all times.
Major construction works for the Aquatic and Fitness Centre upgrade are scheduled to take place during the 2020 Winter season. The Early Works Program currently underway includes the demolition of the outdoor Learn to Swim and toddler pools, investigation of leaking, relocation of services and pressure testing
Significant features of the upgrade are the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a new water activity park, Learn to Swim and Therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, and dry play party room.
29 JANUARY, 2020 - TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE
Muswellbrook Shire Council advise that to facilitate further demolition works as part of the Early Works Program the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre will be closed on Saturday February 1 and Sunday February 2.
2 DECEMBER, 2019 – EARLY WORKS PROGRAM
The Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre Masterplan, adopted by Muswellbrook Shire Council earlier this year following extensive community consultation, is an ambitious and exciting upgrade of one of the town’s most popular facilities.
Significant features of the upgrade are the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a new water activity park, Learn to Swim and Therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, dry play party room and viewing deck.
Major construction works on the Aquatic Centre upgrade will take place during the 2020 winter season. However, an Early Works Program, including investigation of leakage in the 50m outdoor pool and the demolition of the outdoor Learn to Swim and Toddler pools, relocation of services and pressure testing, will get underway in January.
The outdoor 50m pool, indoor pool and fitness centre will remain open during the Early Works Program although access to some areas of the facility will be restricted. Learn to Swim classes will be held in the outdoor pool over eight weeks of the first term next year. The upgrade of the fitness centre to allow 24/7 access will be completed as part of the major works program.
Successful grant funding applications support the redevelopment with $1 million granted towards the water activity park from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities fund and $900,000 towards the Learn to Swim and Therapy pool from the Ridgeland’s Community Fund.
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Paul Chandler, Project Manager
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