The design of Sandgate’s revamped Aquatic Centre pays tribute to the area’s swimming culture of bygone eras.
It shouldn’t be a problem that it’s still winter, when the Sandgate Aquatic Centre opens its new indoor heated pool, as the water will be a welcoming 32 degrees.
Sandgate Aquatic Centre lessee, Craig Crozier, said the centre was aiming for a soft opening of the new facilities, including the indoor pool and The Bay Health Club, on Thursday 8 August.
An official opening of the upgraded aquatic centre by joint venture partner, the Brisbane City Council (BCC), has been earmarked for Monday 9 September.
Mr Crozier said the BCC’s opening at the Sandgate Aquatic Centre would be part of the council’s broader launch to open all of its public pools for the 2019/20 summer season.
The upgrade to the existing Sandgate Aquatic Centre site at 231 Flinders Parade, includes:
A new 25m, 10 lane swimming pool with accessibility ramp
New reception, office and first aid room, including a kiosk
New indoor male, female and handicapped toilets
New 300m2 gymnasium
Upgraded carpark with 53 internal spaces including two handicapped parks
Upgrades to existing onsite amenities, including outdoor toilet block
Mr Crozier said the gym had been built to take advantage of the view of Bramble Bay and would feature high-end ‘TechnoGym’
equipment, as well as floor space to host yoga and pilates classes.
The indoor heated pool features a purpose-built ramp for easy access in and out of the pool, which Mr Crozier said would support people taking part in the increasingly popular therapy sessions in the water.
Aesthetically, the revamped complex is an eye-catching tribute to Sandgate’s aquatic history with murals within the centre capturing moments from bygone eras.
“I’ve tried to honour Sandgate’s aquatic history,” Mr Crozier said. “I went to the museum to see what the pools and swimming history was like and have incorporated that as part of the design.”
“We’ve had photos repurposed to honour the area’s swimming pool history. These photos have been sent to a company in Melbourne for digital treatment. They have then been sent to Italy to have printed onto tiles, which are featured in various murals around the complex.