Responses to FAQs
Where can I see the proposal?
Images of the design are available at: connectstonnington.vic.gov.au/haroldholt
How can I give feedback?
What is proposed?
· Retention and restoration of the diving tower and diving pool.
· A new spiral staircase on the diving tower providing access to the 3m diving platform.
· Security access gate at the 3m platform level to prevent public access above.
· A new springboard on the tower’s 3m platform.
· Reduction of the depth of the diving pool to 3.8m.
· A new 1m stand-alone springboard.
· New paving, landscaping and fencing around the diving pool.
· Consolidation of the land north of the diving tower at 19 Edgars Street into the centre and upgrade works to create a lawn and garden area and accommodate a new heating and filtration plant for the diving pool.
· New accessible change-room facilities.
How will feedback be used?
Later this year, a report will be presented to Council that summarises feedback received from consultation. This will include both our online survey and discussions with key stakeholders such as Diving Victoria, Heritage Victoria and Life Saving Victoria.
Council will then make a decision on whether to proceed with re-opening the dive tower and pool.
If it goes ahead, when will this open?
If Council makes a decision to proceed with re-opening the dive tower and pool we would aim to start work in 2020. More detailed information on the project timeline will be developed.
What diving boards are proposed to open to the public?
We are seeking feedback on a proposal to open to the public:
· a 1m stand-alone springboard, and
· a 3m springboard on the dive tower.
The dive tower would be restored, however the existing 6.5m and 10m diving platforms would not be open to the public.
Is this safe?
Yes, we have liaised with Diving Victoria and Life Saving Victoria to develop this proposal.
If Council makes a decision to proceed with re-opening the dive tower and pool, it will be patrolled and monitored by the centre’s lifeguards. More detailed information about this will be available before it opens.
Why only the 1m and 3m diving boards for public use?
Opening the 1m and 3m diving boards for public use is consistent with other diving centres, competition standards and safety guidelines.
What would the work cost?
The proposal being presented for feedback is estimated to cost approximately $4.5m.
Council is also investing an additional $3m to deliver improvement works at the centre to ensure the centre meets the needs of our next generation of swimmers and exercise enthusiasts.
More information about these works can be found on the Harold Holt Swim Centre website.
How would the diving tower operate and what would it cost to use?
How would construction be managed?
If Council makes a decision to proceed with re-opening the dive tower and pool then a detailed construction plan would be prepared and we will engage with centre users and local residents well before work starts.
Will there be tree removal?
All trees at the Centre are proposed to be retained.
Will the vacant land to the north of the diving tower be upgraded?
Yes, the proposal includes consolidation of land north of the diving tower at 19 Edgars Street into the centre and upgrade works to create a lawn and garden area and accommodate a new heating and filtration plant for the diving pool.
Is this linked to the other improvement works that are happening?
Yes, the proposal to restore diving as part of improvement works at the centre.
These works include retiling pools, replacement of lights with energy efficient LED fittings, accessibility improvements to the outdoor pool, refurbishment of the outdoor change rooms and upgrading spectator seating.
Works will be scheduled and staged to avoid inconvenience where possible, however at times equipment or facilities will be unable to be used. Signage will identify when this is the case in advance of works commencing.
Visit our Harold Holt Swim Centre website for the most up-to-date information.
Why is the centre heritage listed?
In their Statement of Significance on the Victorian Heritage Database, the Heritage Council of Victoria describes the Harold Holt Swim Centre as:
The Harold Hold Swim Centre is architecturally significant, being amongst the most notable, expressive, early and intact examples of the Brutalist movement that emerged in Victoria in the late-1960s. It represents the aesthetic, as well as ethical imperatives of the Brutalist style. The bold articulation of forms in textured off-form concrete and concrete blocks and glass, provides a sculptural imagery which is fundamental to Brutalist architecture. The heavy forms are balanced with focused transparency through the site, achieved by extensive use of natural lighting and the careful planning of the interior spaces.
Council will continue to liaise with the Heritage Council of Victoria on this proposal.