Located at Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast, Michael Davies Architecture provided full architectural services fromsite master-planning through to construction, for new facility indoor aquatic and sports centre replacing the existing centre built in the 1960s.
This project, for Central Coast Council, includes a new 50m indoor heated pool, hydrotherapy pool, program pool, leisure pool, spa, sauna, steam room, multipurpose space, creche, soft play area and a 2-court indoor sports centre to provide the premier indoor centre on the NSW Central Coast. The building is wholly single storey, with stimulating internal spaces, using simple changes of level to provide interactive viewing opportunities. The building form was articulated in response to the need for vehicular and pedestrian approaches from opposite ends of the long and narrow site configuration, which largely dictated the planning arrangement.
The dry sports facility is located on the south side of the site allowing natural daylight without overshadowing the site or the adjoining residential properties. The dry sports hall is 1,512m2 in area and provides facilities for indoor soccer, 2 x netball courts, 2 x basketball courts, 3 x volleyball courts, spectator seating for 190, and a gymnasium/multipurpose fitness area of 454m2. The aquatic facilities are set back to the southern boundary, and rotated to emphasise the western entry location, provide a recessed drop off point and ensure that the whole of the water spaces open out to face due north over a landscaped garden.