Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre


Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre is a $12M project being jointly funded with $3.8M from the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund and $3.5M from the Tasmanian State Government with Council funding the remaining $4.7M.

The centre will provide swimming and water based recreation spaces as well as including ‘dry’ program rooms and refurbishment of two existing squash courts into an exercise program room.

By locating on site with the existing indoor sports stadium there is opportunity for a range of community health and wellbeing programs to be offered from the site.


Concept Plans Key Features

Construction is expected to commence by October 2017 and be completed in October 2018.

Figure 1 - Artistic representation of facility viewed from deep end of pool



Pool concept















Figure 2 - Artistic representation of main entry 

Main entry

Figure 3 - 3D representation view from North West of site

North West of site


Figure 4 - Site Plan



Figure 5 - Floor Plan


Figure 6 - Aerial view from Nelson Street looking south

Nelson Street view

Figure 7 - Artistic representation of main entry 

Aerial Nelson Street

Figure 8 - Reception/kiosk as viewed from within pool



Background to the design process

  1. In 2014 a Swimming Pool Reference group was established with a cross section of community members to identify what is needed for a swimming facility.  Key messages from this was a desire that the facility be able to provide all year round activities being heated and indoor.
  2. From November 2015- February 2016 there was community discussion about the scope and site for a facility.  The end result was that the Indoor Sports Stadium site was selected.  A decision on the scope of the facility was made to enable it to be delivered in two stages (subject to funding).  The two stages were a 25m 6 lane pool in stage 1 and program pool and aquatic play in stage 2
  3. March – December 2016 - Efforts were focussed on obtaining funding for a facility, in particular for both stages to be delivered as one project.  Funding from Federal and State Government was announced during this time.
  4. December 2016- January 2017 with the confirmation of funding, a design team was commissioned to translate the concept plans developed over the preceding 12 months into preliminary plans for detailed costing followed by detailed plans and specifications for construction.
  5. A project steering group was established consisting of the Mayor, Councillors Ashley Popowski & Norman Berechree, General Manager and two additional community representatives.  Other input has been sough including from lessons learnt from similar facilities.
  6. After preliminary costings were received in March the design was reviewed to identify savings to ensure the project could be completed within the total project budget of $12M

Key Points




What is the building made of?
 Where are all the windows?

Highlight windows are used on the northern wall of the facility.  Sunlight can impact visibility in the water for safety and monitoring by lifeguards.  Large window spaces are also more difficult to insulate.

What is on the floor?

Surrounding the pool will be marine grade carpet.  This will also be provided with floor heating.  This provides for both comfort and safety of users and also assists with noise levels in the main pool hall.

Multipurpose Program Rooms?

These spaces can be used separately or as two connected spaces.  This allows for wellbeing, health and fitness activities to be conducted whilst also providing the flexibility that spaces can be used for activities such as children’s parties, or swim club meetings.

Exercise Room

This space has converted two of the existing squash courts into a larger space suitable for use for exercise activities.


Space is provided for provision of drinks and light snacks to be served.

Spectator Seating

In the design process this was considered.  With the cost of providing the additional building space and extra toilets required by the Building Code for spectator seating this space has been reduced in the final design to fit within project estimates.

Events and Carnivals

The facility is a wellbeing centre and is to provide for community wellbeing through recreation and exercise activities whilst also providing for essential learn to swim activities.

As a six lane facility it would provide for training activities of the local swim club, but not capacity to host official events.

The 25m pool can accommodate 8 narrower lane ropes suitable for school swimming carnivals.  It is acknowledged that there are limits on the viewing area available for a school swimming carnival.  For the estimated 8 occasions per year for a school swimming carnival temporary stackable seating could be used around the perimeter of the lap pool and that extra indoors spaces available in the facility would be available as marshalling areas to accommodate students in between races.



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