Hobart Aquatic Centre Redevelopment Opportunity Plan

Summary

Client: Hobart Aquatic Centre Board in association with Hobart City Council

Services: Facilities, Planning

Consultants:

Location: 1 Davies Avenue, Queens Domain Tasmania 7000, Australia

Completion: October 1, 2012

Synopsis

The Hobart Aquatic Centre (THAC) was built in 1997 and has attracted 9.350M visits in its 15-year operational history. The centre has regularly attracted more than 500,000 visits a year but facilities are aging and Hobart City Council and the THAC Board commissioned SGL to develop a 20-year future redevelopment opportunity study.

Description

The Hobart Aquatic Centre is Tasmania’s main aquatic leisure centre servicing the Greater Hobart population and surrounding residential areas. The centre was built in 1997 and is now entering its 16th year of operations. Hobart City Council and the THAC Board have seen gradual drop off in attendances and ongoing increase in costs so the redevelopment study aim was to rejuvenate the centre and develop new attractions whilst also expanding overcrowded areas such as health and fitness and leisure water zones. The redevelopment opportunity report recommended the following improvements:

  • Expanded weights and gym areas
  • Expanded dry program rooms
  • New warm water program pool
  • New wellness centre
  • New youth adventure water area
  • New children’s and family water play area
  • Remodelled café and food and beverage services
  • Remodelled entry foyer and increased foyer merchandise area
  • Remodelled foyer electronic entry systems
  • Group and school change improvements

The THAC Board and Hobart City Council adopted this opportunity report in principle as an opportunity report with accepted range of layout options requiring further detailed investigation ad costing. To assist with monitoring demand and need for the recommended future improvements a range of customer profile and area resident’s market research surveys were commissioned by the THAC Board and these were completed by SGL between November 2011 and January 2012. A stage two market research summary report linking the survey results with the proposed redevelopment priorities was completed by SGL in March 2012. This report highlighted clear demand and user support for a number of the improvements. To assist in finalising the feasibility and viability of the proposed redevelopment recommendations THAC Board and HCC commissioned SGL in June 2012 to complete a THAC Redevelopment Business and Financial Feasibility Review on the various redevelopment priorities to assist Council and the Board with identifying most significant and most viable redevelopment opportunities.

User Benefit

This was completed in October 2012 and a combined stages report was then commissioned for funding support applications as well as to inform Councils longer term capital works plan.

COMPLETION DATE: Three integrated projects were completed following original project commission and these were:

  1. THAC Redevelopment Opportunity Report August 2011
  2. THAC Redevelopment Market Research Report March 2012
  3. THAC Future Redevelopment Review – Business and Usage Summaries October 2012