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

Inspired by Sydney’s famous ocean swimming spots, our new facility offers great water experiences, plenty of green, open space and a multipurpose sports field.

Project Status: Completed

What we’ve created 

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is the largest pool complex in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics.

We worked alongside Andrew Burges Architects, Grimshaw and TCL, and builders CPB Contractors over 3 years of design and construction to create this state-of-the-art facility.

The striking design was inspired by Sydney ocean pools and is both beautiful and functional. The expansive complex is set to be Australia’s most accessible and sustainable facility of its kind.

From children playing and friends taking a dip to serious swimmers improving lap times – Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre offers something for everyone.

The architecturally impressive site brings a hub of green, open space and recreation to this former industrial area. It features plenty of outdoor space to relax and play in, including a playground and picnic facilities, fitness training circuit and multipurpose sports field.

Features:

  • 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

In 2014, Andrew Burges Architects with Grimshaw and TCL responded to our open architecture competition calling for a new pool and recreation centre to serve Green Square’s growing population. The winning design saw the seamless integration of an urban beach pool into a park and surrounding native landscape inspired by the area’s former wetlands.

“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. The system gives us flexibility in managing energy consumption and helps us reduce our carbon footprint. It also makes the centre significantly cheaper to run every year.

A large array of solar panels on the roof of the centre is connected to the local electricity network across the road in our Green Infrastructure Centre.

This allows any surplus electricity 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.