AN architect has been appointed to design the new planned pool in Mordialloc.
In 2021, Kingston Council executed an option deed worth $14.6 million for land at 1-7 Wells Road in Mordialloc to build the new aquatic centre on. The new swimming centre will replace Don Tatnell Leisure Centre in Parkdale, which is being demolished due to structural issues.
CO.OP Studio has been chosen to lead the project consultant design team from the concept design phase to detailed design and construction. Work on concept designs begins this month.
The pool project was initially costed at between $40 million and $50 million. Kingston Council now expects that it will cost much more, The News understands. The federal government has committed $20 million to the construction of the pool.
Kingston mayor Hadi Saab said that the project is shaping as the “largest ever infrastructure project undertaken by council.”
“This is a vital project for our city and we are delighted to now have CO.OP Studio on board. The highly experienced CO.OP team have a proven record of successfully working with the local community to deliver aquatic and leisure facility projects of this scale, which will enable us to keep the momentum going,” he said.
“The new aquatic and leisure centre represents a major investment in the long-term health, wellbeing and aquatic education of our community and we are committed to providing facilities that are more sustainable, accessible, and environmentally sensitive than ever before. From learning to swim, building strength in the gym, and practicing your butterfly, to warm water exercise and rehabilitation, or just having fun – this new centre will cater for all.
“With our community reference group formed and their work in full swing, keep an eye out for upcoming opportunities for the broader community to have your say as the concept plan is developed. We are completely committed to taking the people of Kingston on this exciting journey.”
For more information visit kingston.vic.gov.au/newcentre