Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre is a swimming centre that serves the Darebin City Council community. When the previous facility reached the end of its life after more than half a century service to the community, the Council decided to build a brand new, eco-sustainable centre targeting for net zero emissions.

Designed by the specialized sports architecture firm Warren and Mahoney in their Melbourne office, the centre includes an enhanced outdoor 50m pool, indoor lane pool, warm water pool, leisure pool, splash pad and learn to swim pool. The fitness and wellness facilities include multi-purpose spaces for group fitness and yoga, a fitness centre, and consulting rooms for allied health professionals. Materials and systems have been selected to minimise the carbon footprint during construction and reduce energy use during operation, targeting at an amazing 6 Star Green Star rating. A large solar panel roof array provides a significant portion of the energy for the building. The glulam timber structure as well as the entire ceiling structure formed by a cassette system, factory assembled and featuring visible battens, provides sustainability benefits, as well as low maintenance and a welcoming aesthetic.

  • Client: Kane Constructions
  • Architect: Warren and Mahoney
  • Services: Design consultancy for optimization of materials, detailed design up to LOD400, Structural Engineering, Fabrication, Delivery to site
  • Completion: 2022