Rotorua Aquatic Centre update
It may not look like much from the outside, but Stage Two work is continuing at full speed behind the construction fences at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre.
Underneath the shrink wrap, the front of house roof is nearly complete. Once that is finished, the front of house scaffolding will be removed to allow contractors, Naylor Love, to get to work on installing the main pool hall roof.
The main pool hall structural steel is now installed, and the roof beams are currently being fixed into place, and contractors are completing framing in anticipation of the windows being installed in the very near future.
Heading into the last few months of construction, the physical work will be a lot more noticeable once the external structure is complete, and work can begin on the aesthetic side of things – like painting, tiling, and fitting out the indoor pool hall.
Aquatic Centre staff are looking forward to welcoming the public back into the refreshed indoor space early next year. In the meantime, the outdoor 50m heated pool remains open for the public to use coming into the summer months.
Council began work on the Rotorua Aquatic Centre redevelopment in 2020.
The initial upgrades (Stage One) focused on refurbishment of the 50m outdoor pool and the outdoor changing rooms and these were completed in March 2021.
This stage (Stage Two) focusses on the revitalisation of the indoor pool hall, reception and indoor changing room area.
As part of consultation for the 2018-2028 and the current 2021-2031 Long-term Plans, the community told Council that it values the Aquatic Centre as a facility for locals to use and enjoy with clear community feedback supporting the upgrade.
Together, Council and Central Government will contribute $23.45m to Stage Two of the project, with the refurbished facility anticipated to open in early 2024. Rotorua Lakes Council received $8.05million in October 2022 from Central Government. This funding was Rotorua Lakes Council’s entitlement under the Three Waters Reform ‘Better Off’ fund, which Council determined would be used to progress the Aquatic Centre project.