Noble Park Aquatic Centre nearing completion

  • Posted in: Victoria
  • On: 21 Nov 2011

Noble Park's $20.7 million aquatic centre is nearing completion. 

It's a place that has "a lot of bells and whistles", says Kane Constructions site manager Hayden Crowley.

By last week the shade was mounted above the 51-metre outdoor pool - 50 metres plus room for a one-metre boom that slides across to divide the pool into two 25-metre units.

This allows for short-course racing and for casual swimmers and competitors to co-exist in separate partitions. 

The giant waterslide, one of few remaining in Victoria, is looking mean in a fresh lick of green paint. It is awaiting a metal sheath and a translucent final few metres of tubing. 

Bouncing off these new surfaces will be a spectacular light show designed by Electrolight, which created the dramatic illumination of AAMI Park, the rectangular soccer and rugby stadium in Melbourne's sport precinct.

Last week, double-glaze tint windows weighing 250 kilograms were set in place at the indoor pool area. They will have adjustable louvres to control natural light and for privacy if required by community groups using the pool. 

Indoor and outdoor pools will have hoists and ramps to help people with disabilities and two aqua wheelchairs will also be on site. 

Last week, the shade structure for one of the centre's two water playgrounds was partially complete. 

The 'beach zone' is for the moment a shallow indoor pool awaiting its synthetic rubber shore. 

The old pool will store up to 750,000 litres of rainwater to irrigate the centre's grounds and other council parks and gardens.

The new pools, both heated, will be open year-round and until sunset in summer. Hardy lap-swimmers will even be able to brave the outdoor pool on winter mornings.