Fawkner Leisure Centre is 1 of 6 Aquatic and Leisure Centres owned by Merri-bek City Council.

A 20-year Aquatic and Leisure Strategy was developed in 2018 to determine the future position of all six Merri-bek Aquatic and Leisure Facilities. Within this strategy, Fawkner Leisure Centre was flagged for redevelopment into a district-level facility due to its age.

We did extensive community consultation and concept planning for this development. A decision was then made based on community feedback and the project cost to deliver the project in 2 stages:

Stage 1—2023 - 2024

Stage 1 of the redevelopment will include:

  • New outdoor 50m pool,
  • Water play pool and associated landscape works,
  • New sauna, steam room and spa as well as pool plant infrastructure for both components,
  • Extension of the gym, new program spaces,
  • Updated foyer, reception and café lounge area, and,
  • An all-electric site, aligning with Council’s zero carbon objectives

Stage 2 - Post 2026 - 2027

Stage 2 of the redevelopment will include:

  • Warm water program pool,
  • An extension of changerooms, and,
  • A new family change hub.

Project Architect: Co-Op Studio have continued as the architect throughout the project. They have extensive experience in designing community facilities with lasting social, economic, and environmental benefits.

Project Builder: Built Environs are the appointed as the contract builder. They have extensive experience in delivering design and construction projects specific to aquatic and leisure centres, and complex facilities. The project team have delivered multiple aquatic centre projects including East Keilor Leisure Centre, Camberwell Grammar School Sports Centre, and the Junction Oval Redevelopment.

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