The design of Option One includes the removal of the existing Leisure and Program Pool to allow for a new combined Leisure and Program Pool. The existing exterior 50m Lap Pool is to be maintained - as outlined in A1.01 - and to be fully enclosed using a lightweight steel framed/portal construction fitted with extensive opening and stacker door installations to provide effective visual, and physical activation to the parkland and surrounds. The design intent of Option One is to develop a linear scheme to allow for a single pool-hall, expressive of split-level floor finishes contrasted by the Indoor Program/ Leisure Pool (raised to match the existing change-room) and the exterior 50m Lap Pool fluid with the exterior ground level.
With Option One situated within Lawson Park, and surrounded by substantial trees, the design has been orientated towards the existing natural landscape and its potential to facilitate break-out exterior recreational spaces. The southern façade of the Aquatic uses extensive stacker doors to direct/connect interiors to the Short Street frontage – with additional stackers to the northern façade to provide suitable crossflow ventilation within the pool hall interiors. The exterior spaces would be maintained as existing, keeping all substantial trees; with the addition of timber seating for users of the kiosk; and for picnics under trees.
The existing façade with kiosk, change-rooms, storerooms and administration has been enclosed within the ‘new’ Aquatic footprint to allow for all-year-round access, with new mechanical ventilation throughout. The design intent is to integrate with the existing façade, and to maintain effective access and egress through all circulation areas.