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A competition pool capable of hosting Commonwealth Games events was just part of the development at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
View of competition pool with tiered seating, PTFE arena, roof, sport venue, stadium, structure, white, black
View of competition pool with tiered seating, PTFE membrane with triangulated trusses and poles, with PVC roof.

Preparation for the Commonwealth Games required the creation of temporary and permanent infrastructure, all to high international standards. Part of that framework included a new competition pool arena at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC).

Commissioned by the Department of Victorian Communities, the 50m-long pool and stadium complex is one of a number of additions in Stage 2 of the centre's development.


View of MSAC competition pool with curved PVC arena, leisure, leisure centre, recreation, sport venue, sports, stadium, structure, swimming pool, water, white
View of MSAC competition pool with curved PVC roofing, and tiered stadium seating.

The arena has been designed by Peddle Thorp Architects Melbourne, led by design director Peter Brook; the brief was to create a world-class facility with an exciting aesthetic, suitable for athletes as well as the general community.

"The project was a spectacular opportunity to extend MSAC with a multipurpose outdoor pool to complement the indoor facilities," says Brook.

View of MSAC competition pool with curved PVC arena, leisure, leisure centre, recreation, sport venue, sports, stadium, structure, swimming pool, water, white
View of MSAC competition pool with curved PVC roofing, and tiered stadium seating.

Project architect Brett Diprose says not only did the design need to connect to the existing centre, it also needed to take measures in providingoptimum vantage points.

"The large clear span roof structure allows sightlines to the competition pool to be maximised.The roof also frames the city skyline to the north," says Diprose.

Mar 24, 2006
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