What were resident concerns and what design changes were made as a result?
Local residents wanted the new building set back from Robey Street.
The new building will now be set 8.2m back from the kerb. This means that there is more room to landscape the area with native trees and shrubs.
Privacy and sight-lines
Neighbours wanted greater privacy protection.
In addition to the building setback and landscaping, the windows on the eastern side facing neighbours in Robey Street have been replaced with a specially designed wall that allows light into the gym but blocks sight lines. There will be more window screening on the northern side of the gym for greater privacy.
Bulk and scale of the building
Residents were concerned the building looked too bulky from the street.
The setback and additional landscaping, the new faceted curved design of the wall and the increased window screening will help soften the look of the building.
Residents in the area were concerned that there wouldn't be enough parking spaces.
As part of the project Council will build an additional car park for more than 50 cars next to the nearby playground in Heffron Park along Jersey Road.
Neighbours were concerned about possible noise coming from the gym.
There will be restrictions on music volume and the times when windows can be opened. Gym classes will finish by 8.30pm.
Family change rooms and amenities
Swim Centre users wanted upgraded amenities with more family change rooms and more showers.
There will now be three additional family change rooms and eight additional showers.
What will be in the features of the new building?
How much will the upgrade cost and how will it be paid for?
The cost of this project is $8.3 million. It will be paid for through the Buildings for our Community fund and income from gym fees. Thus there will be no ongoing cost to Randwick City ratepayers or increase in pool fees as a result of the upgrade.
Will the new building include environmentally friendly features?
This new energy efficient building is designed with a low carbon footprint and includes:
An energy audit of the whole site is being undertaken to ensure the most approporiate sustainability systems are adopted for the pools and buildings.