Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre
Apollo Projects completed the Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre both on time and on budget in August 2022, despite COVID-19 and shipping delays, and major weather events.
The facility, which has the capacity to host international events, as well as local club meets, includes a 50m FINA World Championship/Olympic-sized pool that can be divided into two 25 metre competition pools using a movable bulkhead. It also has a separate 25m learn to swim area, and single and double hydrotherapy pools. There is enough permanent seating to fit 888 spectators and temporary seating for 1662.
To meet the standards required to host major international events, two camera platforms have been installed for international media teams, as well as timekeeping equipment by Swiss Timing, and electronically linked blocks.
In their brief, the Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust (HBCFCT) wanted the world-class facility to be accessible for all. This has seen the fit out include an accessible ramp in the learn to swim area; the installation of a pool pod, which was imported from Scotland; and hoists to assist people with changing and getting into the pools.
Sustainability was another major consideration with the centre designed using renewable aggregates and other building materials with a low carbon footprint; low power consumption LED lighting; high quality insulation; and space for solar panels to be installed.
Working on this project aligned perfectly with Apollo Projects’ commitment to learn to swim initiatives and our dedication to developing world-class community facilities.