27 July 2022

Bay Pavilions scoops national innovative design award

| Katrina Condie
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The Bay Pavilions facade

The Bay Pavilions has scooped a national design award. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Eurobodalla’s unique Bay Pavilions development has raised the bar and is paving the way for other innovative local councils after taking out a national design award.

The $69 million complex has won the sports and leisure facility design category at the 2022 Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards in Melbourne.

Entered by architects NBRS, the award is for innovative and sustainable design that creates an environment where more people are active.

NBRS principal Andrew Tripet, who partnered with Donovan Payne Architects on the building design, said it was a credit to Eurobodalla Council for embarking on such an innovative brief.

“Interestingly, so much of the discussion at the National Sports Convention in Melbourne this year was around how we can make new facilities more inclusive and attractive to a broader cross-section of the community to get them involved and participating,” Mr Tripet said.

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“I think Eurobodalla Council should be congratulated for having created such a unique project that many other councils will now be looking to as an example of how to build contemporary and sustainable facilities for their communities.”

The council’s director of planning and sustainability Lindsay Usher said the council wanted a landmark building and the award was welcome recognition of that vision.

“Right from the start, we wanted a building that provided an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities, and a building that enabled our community to come together and grow,” Mr Usher said.

“This award is recognition of that vision, and of the hard work of so many people in our community who contributed to the design process.”

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Mr Usher said winning a national award was gratifying, but it was the community’s feedback he liked most.

“After all we’ve been through over the past few years, the positive vibe and feeling this building has created within our community is so important. The smiles on faces, that’s the reward.”

The facility opened in June and includes a 25-metre pool, 10-metre warm-water hydrotherapy/program pool, a learn-to-swim and toddler leisure pool, as well as a splash park, four waterslides, cafe, gym and group fitness area.

The arts and cultural centre precinct includes a tourist information centre, an auditorium with retractable seating for 350 people, dressing rooms, green rooms, gallery space, dance studios and arts workshop spaces.

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Jacqui Goodman3:56 pm 27 Jul 22

Sounds like a brilliant space and looks a brilliant design. Enviable.

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