Selwyn Aquatic Centre
The aquatic centre consists of an 8 lane 25 metre pool, a Learn To Swim pool, a Hydrotherapy pool with spa, and a Toddlers pool, and is the first building within the new Recreation Precinct.
The Selwyn Aquatic Centre is the first new sporting complex to open in Canterbury following the earthquakes.
The aquatic centre consists of an 8 lane 25 metre pool, a Learn To Swim pool, a Hydrotherapy pool with spa, and a Toddlers pool, and is the first building within the new Recreation Precinct. The centre is expected to be followed in due course by a Health and Fitness Centre, and possibly a Stadium as per the master plan created for the District Council.
Warren and Mahoney was involved with the original briefing phase prior to be being selected as lead consultant and architect. The robust briefing process and community engagement programme provided a very clear definition of the scope and budget for the project. This was crucial in assisting the consultant team to design and document the complex efficiently.
The design is based on a simple structure and building form, providing a pool hall with significant natural lighting and a strong aspect to the Recreation Precinct. The swept roof, open pool hall and use of glazing connects the carpark and landscape to the entrance foyer and pool hall beyond. The use of robust and durable materials has resulted in a quality building, serviced with state-of-the-art pool water and air conditioning systems that contemporary aquatic centres demand.
Together with the adjacent education facilities, the Recreation Precinct will provide the town with a new focus as it grows in population and amenities.