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July 6, 2015

It's been over three years since the Ringwood Aquatic Centre closed, but its replacement has been well worth the wait for Maroondah residents in outer Melbourne. Aquanation, a state-of-the-art aquatic and leisure centre opened to the public on 17 August, providing a refreshing delight for all.

The $46.5million project began in August 2011 when architectural firm Peddle Thorp was contracted to design the new centre. In addition to meeting the needs of residents for the next 50 years, the design brief demanded a complete environmental management philosophy. Energy efficiency and water conservation were at the forefront of this, with maximum use of natural light and ventilation also crucial to the design. Construction commenced in July 2013.

The Australian Government contributed $10 million through the Regional Development Australia Fund and a further $3 million came from the Victorian Government’s Community Facility Funding Program. ConnectEast and the Ringwood East and Heathmont Community Bank also invested in the project and will be ongoing corporate partners.

Fantech External Sales Engineer Chris De Silva worked with Brenair Mechanical Services on the project. Over 60 exhaust, supply and return air fans and six attenuators were supplied for the centre as well as pedestal fans for use in the gym.

Chris said a 66.5 metre 10-lane pool and 10 metre diving tower, both built to FINA standards, were the heart of the complex. "But what makes this pool so amazing is the twin boom system which divides the pool and moves to create a flexible water space for the various activities scheduled."

Overlooking the diving pool on the Mezzanine level is Victoria's first dry diving training room. Chris said the Ringwood Diving Club had produced many champions and this proud record would continue with the controlled environment of the training room helping divers perfect their technique.

Aquanation has a range of aquatic features including: a dedicated learn to swim pool, a therapeutic warm water pool and a free-form leisure pool with beach area and two large waterslides. There is also a spa, steam and sauna room, a large gym with personal training, aerobic and cycle rooms, child care facilities and a café.

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