Building state-of-the-art Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Inspired by Sydney’s famous ocean swimming spots, our new facility will offer great water experiences.

Project Status: In progress

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What we’re doing

Building the largest pool complex in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics.

From children playing and friends taking a dip to serious swimmers improving lap times – there will be something for everyone.

There will also be plenty of outdoor space to relax and play in, including a playground and picnic facilities, a fitness training circuit and a 4,950sqm multipurpose sports field.


  • 50m heated outdoor pool set within a larger, irregular shaped beach pool
  • 25m heated indoor program pool for swimming lessons
  • Indoor leisure pool with a range of interactive toys, including water spraying devices and tipping buckets
  • Heated hydrotherapy pool
  • Health and fitness centre and covered outdoor yoga deck
  • A crèche with indoor and outdoor play areas
  • A full-size outdoor synthetic multipurpose sports playfield
  • A fully equipped gymnasium and outdoor training circuit
  • An outdoor playground and boardwalk
  • Plants and landscaping inspired by the area’s Indigenous heritage
  • Bangala, a new public artwork by Aunty Julie Freeman (Eora/Yuin) with Jonathan Jones (Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi)

Inspiring design excellence

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is a pool designed for Sydney – creative, beautiful and practical. It will feel like you're stepping onto an urban beach.

We're one of the few Australian organisations conducting open architecture competitions to find the most beautiful, functional and sustainably designed buildings.

In 2014, we received designs from 144 architects. These were exhibited for public feedback. The feedback received was used in the jury’s deliberations.

Andrew Burges Architects in association with Grimshaw and TCL created the winning design – an urban beach pool seamlessly integrating into a park.

“Not just for fitness fanatics, this is a place for all people to enjoy the centre in different ways – even if it’s simply reading the paper in the sun and enjoying the occasional dip.”

Andrew Burges of Andrew Burges Architects

Sustainability leader

We have designed an innovative energy co-generation system to heat and power the centre. It will give us flexibility in managing energy consumption and help us reduce our carbon footprint. It will also make the centre significantly cheaper to run every year.

A large array of solar panels on the roof of the centre will connect to the local electricity network in the Green Infrastructure Centre in Joynton Avenue.

This means surplus electricity will be used to power buildings in the neighbouring community and cultural precinct.

Behind the scenes: A virtual tour of Green Square’s stunning new pool

Construction of our beautiful Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Sydney’s inner south is taking shape.