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CRG and architects revise rec centre plans

CRG and architects revise rec centre plans
29 August 2018

The Mount Gambier Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee and the Community Reference Group (CRG) met with architects at the Civic Centre last night to discuss intermediate designs for the project funding proposal.

DesignInc Adelaide and architectural partner CO-OP Studio Melbourne presented amended designs for the facility following CRG input and feedback from community engagement sessions in recent weeks.

“To make it a true community facility there has been a lot of feedback and a desire for function spaces within this facility as an adaptable space for all generations,” DesignInc Adelaide Managing Director Richard Stafford said.

“This is the first cut of plans, they are going to change and improve. We think for this facility to be for everyone it has to have a lot of flexibility.”

The architects believe alternative options will be required for a section of the proposed court area if it is to be used as a performance/multi-purpose space.

“The acoustics you need for a sporting facility, both reverberation time and the break out noise from that facility are completely different for a performance and multipurpose space.”

We’re doing a lot of work around the suitability of a surface that you can use as a show court and the suitability of that surface being used for performances, trade shows and community type functions.- DesignInc Adelaide Managing Director Richard Stafford

While the basic format of the proposed plans remains unchanged, the architects have focused on connectivity between spaces and providing family change areas throughout the facility.

“Change rooms will have a divider in them, so they could provide four spaces or two, depending on the size of the event, or teams. Everything is about getting as much flexibility as possible into the way it has been set up,” Mr Stafford said.

“Looking at the pool format there’s a bit of separation between the learn to swim area and splash pad, with the warm water pool allowing for diversity of all types and meeting the need for clubs and swimming competitions.”

Thought has gone into back of house servicing into the pool plant, storage, multipurpose areas, car parking and drop off points.

“There are multipurpose spaces upstairs and downstairs that could be hired for pool parties, used as a marshalling area, or used for pilates or aerobics, or even allied health spaces.”

The architects will incorporate the latest feedback into the design this week and present 3D plans to the Regional Sport and Recreation Centre Committee and CRG on Monday 3 September 2018.

“In addition to work with the CRG and architects, Council has appointed cost estimators Rider Levett Bucknall to work closely with the architects to ensure costings for the proposed facility are accurate,” said City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee.

As part of an extensive engagement process to identify the level of support or otherwise for the facility, a community survey will be conducted in late November, early December with results known in late January.

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