Saturday, April 20, 2024

DA lodged for $135m Adelaide aquatic centre

Construction of the new Adelaide Aquatic Centre has moved a step closer with a development application for the facility lodged with the state’s planning authority.

Formal planning consent is required from the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) to construct the sustainably-designed facility, which will be built in Adelaide City northern Park Lands at Pardipardinyilla / Denise Norton Park.

In June, the Government unveiled concept designs for the new facility following extensive consultation involving more than 1200 users, sporting groups and residents.

The $135 million facility will house extensive indoor and outdoor pool areas, water slides, splash zones and lawned recreation spaces. It will also feature gym and fitness facilities, spa/sauna/steam room and improved community change rooms. In addition, 1000 square metres of land will be returned to the Park Lands.

“Planning approval is the next big step towards delivering a world-class aquatic centre that South Australians can enjoy for generations,” said Infrastructure Minister, Tom Koutsantonis. 

“I’d like to thank everybody who has provided their feedback during community consultation, for helping to shape the final design.

He said the Planning Report lodged with SCAP confirms the building design and positioning have been carefully considered to respect the National Heritage values and integrate into the Park Lands setting.

“With its smaller footprint, sustainable design and lower height than the existing facility, the new centre will blend into the natural landscape of the Park Lands and respect the National Heritage principles,” said Mr Koutsantonis.

The all-electric building will be powered using 100% renewable energy and will be constructed using a selection of locally sourced, low carbon emission materials.

Provision in the facility’s car park will be made for multiple electric vehicle charging stations while the facility will have around 55 bicycle spaces.

The lodgement with SCAP follows approval being granted for a Code Amendment, which rezones the land to create a new Adelaide Aquatic Centre Sub Zone within the Adelaide Park Lands Zone.

The rezoning change under the Planning and Design Code aims to ensure the correct planning policies are in place to enable the new facility to be built, as well as return the existing centre to Park Lands.

An Expression of Interest is currently underway for potential builders to construct the facility.

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