Inspired by the beach pools of Sydney, Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is Sydney’s public pool network latest addition, and the largest pool complex built in the area since the 2000 Olympics.
The complex is bursting with features and aims to offer something for everyone, from Olympic hopefuls to children at play. Initiatives which reduce energy, water use and wastewater production make it the first pool complex in Australia to receive a 5 star design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
Having previously delivered X-tend® tensile mesh barrier fencing for the nearby Prince Alfred Park Pool, Ronstan was the obvious choice to assist with this ambitious project.
Presented with a well-developed concept, the dedicated team went to work crafting the details, taking the lessons learnt to achieve sweeping curves and clean lines, whilst providing a system that was efficient to install and worked in smoothly with the construction program.
Infill is provided by X-tend® tensile mesh constructed from 1.5mm diameter grade 316 stainless steel wire with a 40mm wide x 60mm high aperture. The wire mesh is held inplace by a system of 8mm Ronstan ACS2 cables.
In wet areas, support to the tensile mesh barrier and cable structure is provided by stainless-steel poles, which were highly polished to achieve maximum resistance to corrosion. In landscaped areas, curved mild steel poles and brackets were finished in a low sheen paint system to provide a robust long term corrosion and UV performance, and to help the poles blend more effectively into their surroundings. Isolation of materials and consideration of galvanic corrosion in such a heavy chlorine environment was paramount.
In this case, the fence support poles had to interface and connect to footings deep within a landscape topography that varied considerably in levels and substrate across the site. Ronstan worked collaboratively with the builder, modelling the structure in 3D to ensure the geometry of the finished fence was exactly as the design stakeholders had planned.
The end result provides a striking backdrop, which will serve Sydneysiders for generations to come.
All photos © Beau Outteridge