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Wulanda construction update

Wulanda construction update
20 June 2022

Installation of the splash pad equipment is progressing internally, pictured alongside the original artist impression.
Splash pad v artist impression
Installation of the splash pad equipment is progressing internally, pictured alongside the original artist impression.

The Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre at Olympic Park on Margaret Street continues to take shape both internally and externally despite current challenges facing the construction industry.

Recent progress on site includes installation of pool plant room and mechanical equipment and first fix lighting throughout the pool hall, while the build and installation of the splash pad area equipment is also progressing.

“Construction is progressing well, and the site is a flurry of activity each day both internally and externally,” City of Mount Gambier City Infrastructure and project sponsor Barbara Cernovskis said.

“It’s really exciting to see the concept drawings literally coming to life, and the quality of the finishes is really coming to the fore now.”

The café is beginning to take shape with installation of wall framing and sheeting throughout with electrical works underway.

Fitting of acoustic treatment is almost complete in the entertainment hall and sports courts area, along with the AV equipment installation, lighting and bench seating.

It is really impressive to see the building all lit up at dawn and dusk and you start to get a real appreciation for what the facility is going to offer the community.
- City of Mount Gambier City Infrastructure and project sponsor Barbara Cernovskis

“The use of timber throughout the courts, aquatic and other areas of the building gives it a real sense of warmth when inside, and along with the limestone features outside the building, really showcases the materials that our region is renowned for.”

Acoustic treatment and lighting installation is almost complete in the entertainment hall and sports courts area (left).
Entertainment hall/sports courts v artist impression
Acoustic treatment and lighting installation is almost complete in the entertainment hall and sports courts area (left).

Flooring in the bar areas and upstairs kitchen and the kitchen warm shell is nearing completion, along with balustrade glazing for the spectator seating in the courts area. Painting of walls and ceilings, and tiling in all amenities is well progressed, bringing the facility to life.

The tiling in all amenities is well progressed.
Amenities tiling
The tiling in all amenities is well progressed.

The upstairs multi-function room is taking shape with the preparation for flooring underway and operable wall in place, allowing for flexible use of the space while providing views over the aquatic area.

Installation of the Myrtha lining has commenced in all pools, including the 25 metre lap pool, warm water program pool and learn to swim pool and the pre-existing 50 metre outdoor pool.

“The use of Myrtha stainless steel pool linings provides significant advantages in terms of longevity and reduced maintenance schedules compared with a concrete option,” Ms Cernovskis said.

Myrtha lining installation in all pools has commenced.
50m pool progress
Myrtha lining installation in all pools has commenced.

Landscaping works surrounding the building have begun, and the Margaret Street car park is beginning to take shape.

Landscaping works are underway around the exterior of the building. Pictured is the southern side of the building alongside the artist impression from O’Halloran Terrace/Power Street.
Exterior v artist impression
Landscaping works are underway around the exterior of the building. Pictured is the southern side of the building alongside the artist impression from O’Halloran Terrace/Power Street.

Council hopes to be able to provide an update on the anticipated opening timeframe in coming weeks.

“As we continue to battle with the current COVID environment and challenges facing the construction industry, we are working closely with our project team to firm up the completion timeframe so we can inform the community as soon as possible,” Ms Cernovskis said.

“It is important we continue to work towards completing this complex build in a timely manner while ensuring it is delivered to a high standard using quality products.”

The project continues to run on budget despite delays and Council remains committed to protecting its commercial position to continue seeking best value for the community while working within a live contractual agreement with the builder.

The detailed plans can be downloaded here and the latest construction timelapse footage can be viewed below.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Communications Officer Ashlea Watson on 08 8721 2577 or awatson@mountgambier.sa.gov.au

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