CentrePoint Sport & Leisure

Blayney, Australia

In New South Wales, members of the Blayney community have for years enjoyed all the benefits of the well-equipped CentrePoint Athletic & Leisure Centre.

Originally built around 1970, the centre includes a well-equipped gym, fitness classes and various sport and community activities. A major feature of CentrePoint has been one of the very few indoor pools in the area. The pool is home to the Blayney Dolphins Swim Club, as well as lessons, learn-to-swim programs, Aquafit, community swim time, family swims and more.

Approaching the winter of 2017, with the facility nearing 50 years old, pool problems had escalated to become more than just maintenance issues. With the unfixable failure of the pool area’s air handling system, along with various aspects of the facility no longer meeting current health standards, a major renovation of the aquatic facility was planned.

 

As a major supplier of swimming pools and water fun in Australia, Myrtha Pools distributor, Swimplex Aquatics was chosen to help bring Blayney’s new facility to life.
The goal for the updated facility was to provide the Blayney area with a flexible, fun and fabulous community aquatics centre.

Swimplex, is the Australian distributor/partner of Italy’s Myrtha Pools. Myrtha are world leaders in swimming pool technology and manufacturing. In addition to building 1500 new pools a year, all around the world, Myrtha has developed an incredibly flexible and efficient pool renovation technology called RenovAction – which offered the perfect answer to the CentrePoint renewal project.

 

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In New South Wales, members of the Blayney community have for years enjoyed all the benefits of the well-equipped CentrePoint Athletic & Leisure Centre.

Originally built around 1970, the centre includes a well-equipped gym, fitness classes and various sport and community activities. A major feature of CentrePoint has been one of the very few indoor pools in the area. The pool is home to the Blayney Dolphins Swim Club, as well as lessons, learn-to-swim programs, Aquafit, community swim time, family swims and more.

Approaching the winter of 2017, with the facility nearing 50 years old, pool problems had escalated to become more than just maintenance issues. With the unfixable failure of the pool area’s air handling system, along with various aspects of the facility no longer meeting current health standards, a major renovation of the aquatic facility was planned.

 

As a major supplier of swimming pools and water fun in Australia, Myrtha Pools distributor, Swimplex Aquatics was chosen to help bring Blayney’s new facility to life.
The goal for the updated facility was to provide the Blayney area with a flexible, fun and fabulous community aquatics centre.

Swimplex, is the Australian distributor/partner of Italy’s Myrtha Pools. Myrtha are world leaders in swimming pool technology and manufacturing. In addition to building 1500 new pools a year, all around the world, Myrtha has developed an incredibly flexible and efficient pool renovation technology called RenovAction – which offered the perfect answer to the CentrePoint renewal project.

 

Read the complete description below!

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Myrtha’s RenovAction system was able to completely remodel the pools at this old sports center in Blayney, Australia, bringing it back to life!

Myrtha’s RenovAction system

Myrtha’s RenovAction system is a customisable solution that allows tremendous variability in terms of pool size, shape and use. Modular stainless-steel panels, waterproofed with a durable PVC laminated membrane, form the walls of the pool.

RenovAction advantages over concrete and other solutions are game changers. The modular panels (and all components) are easily carried in through any door, minimizing deconstruction and demolition (saving time and expense). Myrtha’s high-chromium stainless-steel alloy, is both strong and resistant to chemicals and corrosion, ensuring a long life for RenovAction projects. And, compared to a typical poured concrete pools, a minimal amount of concrete is used avoiding a labour-intensive process.

Also important to the community, was the low carbon footprint of Myrtha pool technology vs a typical poured concrete installation.

A better-than-new aquatics makeover was underway.

The original CentrePoint aquatics layout featured 3 swimming pools including a 33 m main tank. The new facility was rethought to offer a better selection of aquatic options. The existing 33 m pool area was reconfigured to a standard (and race-ready) 25 m tank plus an 8 m learn-to-swim pool. The remaining area was designated to be a fun, splash-and-slide play area for the centre’s younger visitors. To serve each pool’s needs, 3 filtration and heating systems are utilized in the new plan.
The aquatics facilities renovation was a major upgrade in almost every way. The pools were brought up to current Department of Health standards for water safety. Circulation, filtration, chemical and overflow systems were all raised to high 2020 standards. Each pool was made deeper, the 25 m tank by approximately 0.2 m (in the deep end, .1 in the shallow end), making the pools more suitable for more activities.

Additionally, both the 25 m and learn-to-swim pools have been built to offer accessible entry options making the facility welcoming to more people who’d love to come for a swim. The larger pool is equipped with an elevator pool pod to lower a bather into the water, and has also been designed with recessed stairs that make getting in and out of the pool easier for swimmers who find using a ladder to be too difficult. And, the smaller learn-to-swim pool was widened to make space for an easy-entry ramp making access possible for pool users with a wide range of abilities.

For the only pool in town, timing is everything.

Closing the CentrePoint pool for the renovation was going to put the 70-member Dolphins swim team and a whole community out of the water. For that reason, a quick installation was critical. Prior to closing the facility, a meticulous design phase was undertaken to plan every aspect of the new centre. Myrtha Pools 3-D CAD modelling made meticulous job specifying possible. And, with plan in hand, RenovAction technology components were prefabricated in Italy and shipped to Blayney for installation. Only then was the pool shut down so the renovation and installation could begin.
Head contractor for the project was the highly regarded Bathurst, NSW firm, Hines Construction. Under the expert management of the Hines sports-facility team, three beautiful new RenovAction pools and necessary mechanical systems were installed, finished and filled in short order – and Blayney residents were welcomed back for a swim.

A proud moment for town leaders.

The transformation of the CentrePoint facility from tired and substandard to the bright, modern, multi-functional, community hub it has become, is everything town planners had hoped for when it first became clear the old facility needed a facelift. Three new pools, built for sport, recreation, teaching, fitness, and fun are now available to more people in more ways than ever.
With the project completion coming a few months into the Covid-19 pandemic, the grand reopening of the centre came with some new rules, but they could not diminish the enthusiasm of the community so eager to be back in the swim of things.

Soon after the pool reopened in June of 2020, the town named the local YMCA to manage and run the revived centre. For their experience in athletics and customer service, along with their appreciation for community in general, the Y is the perfect partner to ensure the citizens of Blayney get the full benefit of their 3 new Myrtha RenovAction pools!