Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre (Stage 2)

Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, VIC

This truly world class sporting facility, constructed by John Holland, has hosted an array of international sporting events such as the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships.

Our team delivered a 52 metre, 3.5 million litre outdoor competition pool, permanent grandstand seating for 3,000 with the ability to expand to 10,000 seats for major events, a 10 metre x 6 metre hydrotherapy pool, retail outlets, function and office space, and a 300 car multi-level carpark. The scope also included extensive refurbishments to the South Melbourne Technical School.

The centre’s close proximity to Albert Park Lake posed environmental and safety challenges. However, John Holland liaised with multiple and diverse user groups including Centre, park and public transport users, suppliers, residents and property owners, local Government, Statutory Authorities, Utilities, the Grand Prix Corporation and Parks Victoria, and subsequently completed the project with no environmental breaches and zero Lost Time Injuries (LTI’s).

The complex temporary roof structures were designed using state-of-the-art membrane analysis technology, allowing significant construction savings for the client. The large, clear-span roof structure maximised spectator sight-lines and was also designed to collect rainwater for harvesting to supply the Centre’s toilet flush system.

The team’s comprehensive planning, expert engineering, flexible project management and unwavering commitment to safety, construction excellence and environmental sustainability ensured that this high profile project was delivered to specification and in time for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.