Residents of Wyndham, one of the fasted growing regions in Victoria, have been quick to embrace AquaPulse, their vibrant new community hub, located at 80 Derrimut Road in Hoppers Crossing.
Formerly named Wyndham Leisure and Events Centre, the centre has been split into an events centre, named Encore and the leisure centre component, AquaPulse. A complete redevelopment of the original leisure centre, AquaPulse boasts one of the biggest waterslides in the state and a variety of facilities to cater for families and fitness fanatics alike.
54.4 million dollars have been spent on the redevelopment, enabling the centre to provide a full range of leisure, health and fitness classes and sporting activities for people of all ages – think your popular programs: Zumba, Yoga and Body Pump, plus specialist classes such as aqua aerobics and two classes tailored to specific age groups, named Kids Active and Adults Active. Facilities include; 50m pool, learn to swim pool, leisure pool, an aquatic playground, two giant waterslides, spin room, two program rooms and a gym, on-site crèche, a café, retail area and an upgraded car park, including drop off zones.
The range and calibre of the facilities have been carefully planned to match the needs of the growing Wyndham population. Between 2011 and 2036, the population for the City of Wyndham is forecast to increase by 217,612 persons, a growth of 130.57%, making this Council area the third fastest growing in Australia.
Umow Lai played a significant role in the redevelopment process, providing a range of engineering services, sustainable design and fire engineering for the project in collaboration with architects, DWP Suters.
A suite of sustainable features have been incorporated into the AquaPulse design including; an energy reduction of 30% (measured as CO2 per m2) compared to original leisure centre, pool shell insulation, high performing façade, rainwater capture and reuse, efficient pool water filtration, improved building sealing, metering of water and electricity consumption, natural day lighting and daylight sensors.
AquaPulse has been fully operational and open to the public since July 2015.