The major make-over of the ageing Ringwood Aquatic Centre moved a step closer today with the Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty turning the first sod on the $47.8 million project.
Mr Delahunty joined Member for Bayswater and Minister for the Arts, Women’s Affairs and Consumer Affairs Heidi Victoria to launch the project which will be transformed into ‘Aquanation’; the state’s new diving centre and the region’s aquatic sports hub.
Redevelopment works include a new indoor FINA standard 50m pool and 10m diving tower, Victoria’s first dedicated dry diving training centre, warm water and learn to swim pools, club rooms, program rooms, gymnasium, wellness centre, kiosk, crèche, spectator seating, reception, offices and car parking.
“These new state-of-the-art aquatic facilities will be capable of hosting regional and state athletes as well as major competitions in water sports as well as being the new home of diving in Victoria,” Mr Delahunty said.
Kane Constructions was appointed earlier this year under a lump sum contract to complete the works.
Project Director Geoff Purcell said. ‘We are excited to be building this wonderful facility that will serve both the local community and our future diving champions. It’s also great to be working with the team from Maroondah City Council, and also Davis Langdon and Peddle Thorp Architects with whom we have previously delivered a number of projects.’
Aquanation in Ringwood will be completed in mid-2015.
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