COLAC Otway Shire Council has unveiled a preview of Colac’s new-look Bluewater Fitness Centre, with work set to start in September.
Architects have completed the schematic designs for the $10-million redevelopment, providing an exciting preview of the upgraded centre’s layout.
They are now working on detailed designs for the centre, with tenders to build the centre to be advertised in “April or May”.
The new features include a new gym with almost double the floor space of the existing room, a third basketball court with fixed seating for 400 people, a warm-water pool and a children’s splash pad.
The warm-water pool, splash pad and new change rooms were the latest features announced in December.
The council’s recreation, arts and culture manager Ian Seuren said the council hoped that work would start in September.
“We’ve been working with user groups of the centre to determine the most appropriate design for the budget we have available,” he said.
“We also asked the broader community what they would like to see in the new centre and incorporated their feedback into the design process.
“The project team has also visited similar fitness centres to gain an understanding of the most effective layouts, and this was a valuable step in the design process.”
Mr Seuren said he expected the project would take at least 12 months to complete.
“Unfortunately the work will disrupt regular user groups such as the swimming club, basketball and netball associations but we’re working with these groups to limit the disruption as much as possible,” he said.
“In some cases we hope to be able to make alternative arrangements for those sports.
“We’re also investigating potential sites that could host a relocated gym and group fitness classes while the renovations take place. Council would be happy to hear from anyone with ideas.”
• See the Colac Herald newspaper for the full schematic design.