Construction is underway on the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Green Square, slated for completion in early 2020. The new facility will feature a 50-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre indoor pool, leisure and hydrotherapy pools, a crèche, sports field and gymnasium. Designed by Andrew Burges Architects and located on Joynton Avenue, it’ll be the largest pool complex built in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics.

“This new pool will help complete the transformation of Green Square from an industrial centre into a lively new neighbourhood,” says Lord Mayor Clover Moore in a statement.

The winning design – drawn from a pool of more than 140 entries in a design competition run by the City  – was inspired by rock-pool formations and the beach.

“We wanted to create a facility that celebrates the pleasures of swimming. Understanding the future density of Green Square, we felt it was equally important to design and provide places for relaxing by the pool as it was to create the more active sporting pursuits of an aquatic centre,” says Andrew Burges in his design proposal.

“It establishes a playful interaction of natural and constructed landscapes that grafts the beach into the urban pool experience.”

The aquatic centre will sit within the 278-hectare Green Square development area, which includes the suburbs of Beaconsfield and Zetland, and parts of Rosebery, Alexandria and Waterloo. It is part of one of the largest urban renewal projects in Australia, promising to accommodate close to 61,000 people in 30,500 new homes and provide around 21,000 permanent jobs by 2030.

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It’s projected that by 2030 Green Square will be the most densely populated suburb in Australia with an estimated 22,000 residents per square kilometre. The population boost, in combination with Green Square’s extensive infrastructure, will see new community spaces including a library, plaza, creative centre, childcare centre, and more than 15 parks and open spaces.

“Green Square is one of the fastest growing precincts in Australia, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it is a wonderful urban neighbourhood with the services and facilities its residents and workers need,” says Moore.

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre, multipurpose sports field and landscaped areas are scheduled to open early 2020.