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Cementing Australia’s status as a sporting destination.

Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre Stage 2

This world-class sporting facility has hosted an array of international sporting events such as the 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships and the 2019 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships.

This high-profile project was delivered to specification and in time for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and improved the visitor and athlete experience and cemented Australia’s status as an international sporting destination.

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 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 large, clear-span roof structure was one of the most technically complex structures of its kind. Designed to be suitable both during and after major events, the roof has two “modes” – a permanent roof cover for the pool and seating for 3,000 spectators, and a “Commonwealth Games” mode. This is where two temporary PVC roofs are erected either side of the permanent roof to cover a further 8,000 seats. The roof maximises spectator sightlines and collects rainwater for harvesting.

  • Customer
    Major Projects Victoria
  • Location
    Albert Park, Victoria
  • Specialisation
    Sport, tourism & culture
  • Start
    January 2004
  • End
    December 2005 
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This project was constructed within a live operating environment and facility where all services were common and events such as the F1 Grand Prix was occurring.
The centre’s close proximity to Albert Park Lake posed environmental and safety challenges. However, the team liaised with multiple and diverse user groups including 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).


John Holland pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodiams of the land on which we work and live, and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples today.