The Lismore Memorial Baths & Aquatic Centre Project involved the demolition of the existing aquatic centre, construction of three new pools (50m x 8 lanes, 25m x 4 lanes and a toddlers pool), new pump station, filtration system and amenities building, and refurbishment of the heritage memorial building.
Associated works included the installation of shade structures, a grandstand, lighting and landscaping.
Numerous innovative solutions and alternative designs were employed to improve efficiencies and to provide value for money to the Council. These included:
- A 30 tonne pin jib crane placed on the 50m pool slab solved issues related to concrete pumping and delivery receipts
- An innovative survey and set-out solution utilising piano wire to ensure that accurate dimensions and the very tight tolerances were achieved to satisfy FINA standards for the pool shell and the tiled surfaces
- The solar hot water system was changed to Quantum Heaters
- The grey water system was added to re-use backwash water in the amenities
- Xypex water proofing additive was added to the pool concrete mix
- The heat exchangers were changed from cupronickel to Titanium.
Project scope include:
- Major water retaining structures
- All civil, earthworks and electrical works
- Demolition of the existing aquatic centre
- Construction of three new pools (50m x 8 lanes, 25m x 4 lanes and a toddlers pool)
- New pump station and filtration system
- Construction of amenities building, and refurbishment of the existing heritage memorial building
- Associated works including the installation of shade structures, a grandstand, lighting and landscaping.
- 2006 Master Builders ‘Excellence in Construction’ Award for Sporting Facilities $5 Million – $10 Million.
- Northern Rivers Urban Design: Merit Award.
- An innovative formwork system which enabled the pools concrete wet deck channel to be poured in conjunction with the pool walls.
- The successful design and implementation of an equi-potential bonding plan for the entire site to enable the positioning of a new transformer substation close to the large bodies of pool water.
- The foundation piles were changed from standard bored piles (founded in Lismore Pug, a very poor saturated clay) to Continuous Flight Auger piles.