Wentworthville Memorial Swim Centre redeveloped by Cumberland City Council

by Nichole Edsall on May 13, 2021


The Wentworthville Memorial Swim Centre has been redeveloped into a modern and inclusive community aquatic facility in Wentworthville, Sydney.

NBRS ARCHITECTURE provided the tender documentation to Cumberland City Council and then were engaged by Omnistruct to complete the design during construction.

The entire site has been redesigned into a state-of-the art facility that celebrates its mid-1960s heritage. Where possible, NBRS ARCHITECTURE worked within the existing building fabric, retaining the distinctive steelwork portal frames and face brick exterior walls. The site retained significant trees and new shade structures have made more of the site usable and enjoyable.

The centre has been comprehensively redeveloped to meet current compliance, access and safety standards and to meet the contemporary needs of the local community for the years to come.

The revitalised centre features a new warm water program pool, leisure pool with beach entry and water features and separate splash pad. The entry building, café, change rooms and clubroom building have all been gutted and remodelled.

NBRS ARCHITECTURE are pleased that these new facilities are now fully accessible, with new adult change facility and new platform lift being installed to the existing 50m pool. New heat pumps provide heating for year-round lap swimming, learn to swim and programs.

The splash pad features innovative use of specialized resilient rubber floor tiles. These will provide a more forgiving surface than traditional concrete, hopefully resulting in fewer grazed knees. This is a first for a municipal aquatic facility in NSW. 

NBRS Architecture Life & Culture Studio Aquatics Expert Derek Mah comments:

“These facilities from the 1960s always provide a challenge… what do we keep and what do we lose to meet contemporary needs without breaking the budget or losing the soul of the site. We believe the locals will find the new facility refreshed but still familiar.”

The Aquatic & Recreation Institute are excited that another aquatic facility has been redeveloped. We look forward to news from Cumberland City Council on how the community will be using their new facilities when they reopen Wentworthville Memorial Swim Centre in October 2021 so it can once again, be a much-loved hub for the community.

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Image credit: ©Omnistruct