Michael Davies Architecture were commissioned by Alice Springs Town Council to design, document and oversee the construction of the new Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre. It is an indoor centre planned to be complementary to the existing outdoor facilities on the site which include a 50 metre lap swimming pool, a learn-to-swim pool, a children’s paddle and an entry/amenities pavilion.
The Alice Springs Aquatic Leisure Centre is the only public indoor aquatic centre in the Northern Territory. The new facility is designed to be sensitive to a number of important indigenous cultural protocols and incorporates major indigenous art works as part of the building fabric.
The new swimming and aquatic leisure facilities at the Centre are entirely indoor and accommodate a 25 metre x eight lane competition pool with adjacent seating for 200 people, a 20 x 8 metre learn-to-swim and leisure pool including ramp access, spa, rapid river and multiple water features. Two large interlocking water slides are located externally to the building and are attached to and pass through the building envelope with an internal access stair and splash down pools.