The redevelopment of the Manly Andrew “Boy” Charlton Swim centre reached a construction milestone yesterday.
Mayor of Manly, Jean Hay, officially launched the start of major construction with the laying of the foundation now complete.
Kathryn Fayle and Mayor Jean Hay unveiling the ‘foundation stone’ to commemorate the occasion. “This is a very exciting moment of this project,” said Cr Hay. The centre will include a 25m lap pool, spectator seating for 150 people, a program pool for exercise and rehabilitation, a spa pool, sauna and steam room facilities, and much more.
There will also be on-site parking for 54 cars, which Cr Hay remarked she can “hardly wait for.”
Despite the projected cost of the new centre increasing late last year, council’s general manager Henry Wong said it’s still sitting at $21 million. “Nothing has blown out,” he said. “We are striving for April next year, hopefully we can finish within that time frame.We are now out of ground, so that’s the most challenging part.”
Key features of the pool
- A 25 metre, 8 lane heated lap pool with ramp entry and spectator seating for 150 people
- A program pool for exercise and rehabilitation with ramp entry
- A fun children’s play and leisure pool with a beach entry
- A spa pool, sauna and steam room facilities
- Administration offices
- Gymnasium, group fitness and well being rooms
- A Kiosk and Crèche, for families
- A separate community building in LM Graham Reserve containing change rooms, public toilets, a state of the art co generation energy plant, storage and a bus shelter.
- On-site parking for 54 cars including 4 accessible and 2 parent with pram space
- Parking also available on Kenneth Road
- Landscaped gardens