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Andrew Burges and Grimshaw win Sydney aquatics centre contest

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Grimshaw and Australia’s Andrew Burges Architects have won an international contest for a new park and leisure centre in Sydney’s Green Square district

The duo defeated a raft of rival firms including Andrew Burns Architects, CHROFI and TYP-TOP Architecture Office to land the £28 million regeneration job.

The five shortlisted teams

  • Andrew Burns (with NBRS & Turf)
  • Cullinan Ivanov (with JILA & Spirit Level)
  • CHROFI and McGregor Coxall
  • Andrew Burges Architects (with Grimshaw & T.C.L.)
  • TYP-TOP Architecture Office (with TZG & JMD Design)

More than 140 teams submitted entries to the City of Sydney’s two-stage Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre contest.

Planned to complete in 2018, the winning scheme will feature a 50 metre-long outdoor pool, a beach-style pool, indoor pools, a gym, promenade and play equipment.

According to a client statement: ‘Gunyama Park and Green Square Aquatic Centre have been designed to create a leisure and fitness complex with something for everyone.

‘It will be a place to catch up with friends and family, enjoy some quiet time in the open air, do serious exercise or meet up with your sports team for training.’

A hydrotherapy pool, crèche, outdoor training circuit and multipurpose sports playfield are also planned.

Andrew Burges' and Grimshaw's winning design for Gunyama Park and the Aquatic Centre at Green Square in Sydney

Competition judges included Greg Holman of Harry Seidler & Associates – the firm which designed Sydney’s Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre fourteen years ago.

The development will be the latest addition to the 278 hectare Green Square regeneration district which is planned to host 48,000 residents and 22,000 jobs when it completes.

Local outfit Stewart Hollenstein won an international contest for Green Square’s new library and plaza in March last year.  




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