The project was won in a highly competitive open market, on the back of our high-quality tender, based on not only our winning price but also our extensive experience in aquatic construction.
We took responsibility for the demolition of the existing pools and a partial demolition of the heritage amenity building. Construction included a new FINA compliant 50-metre pool, learn-to-swim pool, children’s splashpad, plantroom, amenity building and associated external works.
Early in the construction process we identified unexpected site conditions that had the potential to significantly impact on project delivery. The original pool facility was constructed on poor soil that created a number of engineering difficulties that had to be overcome. These circumstances required close collaboration with the client and consultant team to quickly expedite the most suitable outcome, providing the most compliant and cost-effective solution with minimal time implications, ahead of the planned summer 2019 opening.
The demolition process also had the potential to generate significant environmental impacts with the volume of waste material. To mitigate this, we elected to minimise the landfill produced from the demolition by crushing existing pool concrete on-site to be subsequently used as backfill for the new pools. This reduced the amount of trucks on local roads for demolition and import of fill, and it also reduced the costs of material import for backfill.
In the final stage, testing of the pools involved filling them with water to capacity for a week. As the drought-affected area was under water restrictions we recommended that the water could be reused by Dubbo Regional Council to water local parks and construction projects that were being carried out at the time to save two megalitres of water for the local community.
The way we addressed each of these unique challenges resulted in a happy client and Wellington community.