Heritage Victoria Nomination Review
The Heritage Council of Victoria has rejected an application for the Carnegie Memorial Swimming Pool to be included in Victorian Heritage Register. In mid-2021, a resident nominated the Pool to be added to the Register but the application was dismissed. The resident then appealed the decision to the Heritage Council. On 11 August the Heritage Council dismissed the appeal but advised the site meets the requirement for local heritage significance, which is consistent with Council’s findings and has been incorporated as part of the design. Therefore, after being on hold for almost 12 months, the project can now proceed.
Council has finalised the detailed plans in readiness for tender, and undertaken a further review of the business case and completed an Expression of Interest process to test interest from the market regarding attracting a suitable, qualified builder. As a result, we will commence our Request for Tender (RFT) process in the coming weeks, which aims to appoint a builder in late 2022, start construction early in 2023 and open the centre in late 2024.
Proposed design details
We are excited to share the detailed designs for the proposed redevelopment of Carnegie Memorial Swimming Pool.
The designs take into account feedback from the community during the last consultation phase in August 2020. We heard the community wants to retain the essential elements of Carnegie Memorial Swimming Pool.
We responded to your feedback by keeping the centre within its current footprint. The design incorporates a red brick, timber and concrete facade, which is a contemporary tribute to mid-century design. We will keep the war memorial signage, the ‘grassy hill’ and lots of native landscaping and open space. We plan to apply for a Green Star rating in response to the recent Council declaration of climate emergency and net zero emissions by 2025.
The detailed design for Carnegie Memorial Swimming Pool includes:
- an outdoor 50-metre, eight-lane pool
- an outdoor diving pool
- an indoor warm water program pool and 25-metre learn-to-swim pool
- a concourse spa
- indoor sauna, steam room and accessible changerooms
- indoor program rooms
- a café
- outdoor children’s splash pad
- lawn areas and open spaces (including retention of the eastern mound)
- barbecues and shaded seating
- the retention of character and local charm.
Exterior — artist renderings
Outdoor aquatic spaces — artist renderings
Indoor aquatic space — artist rendering
Support spaces and amenities — artist rendering
Support spaces and amenities plans
Indoor aquatic spaces plans
Outdoor aquatic spaces plans
Health and wellness spaces plans
Environmental Sustainability Design initiatives
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