Weeks to build
The new Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) includes a 50m Olympic standard pool and an indoor 25m pool, providing much needed facilities to meet community demand for amenities that can host regional competitions, provide training and lap swimming, community programs and leisure activities. The centre includes a waterslide, children’s waterplay area, change rooms, administration offices and an adjacent conference centre. A substantial plant room with extensive pumping and filtration systems to service the large facility was also part of Hutchies’ scope. We overcame some early hurdles in relation to contaminated soil that was existing on site, as well as fill containing traces of hydrocarbons. Hutchies worked closely with Gympie Regional Council to ensure the contamination issues were rectified in a timely and environmentally safe manner with third party external auditing undertaken. A key feature is the ceiling which is made of circular acrylic tubes which are held in place with a bespoke bracket system for this unique soffit feature. Building on a sloping site also presented challenges in terms of stormwater drainage to adequately capture and treat surface water, which were addressed through close collaboration with engineers. Hutchies also undertook works related to landscaping, car parks and a new road.