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Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre evening photo shows the centre lit up against the dark backdrop of a main road. Modern brown building facade is flanked by two giant blue water slides jutting out of the building.
Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre front entrance shows a native landscaped garden in the foreground, with people walking across a modern piazza towards the glass door centre entrance in the background.
Heat pumps show large metal air-conditioning units with pump pipes flowing throughout a large system. The thermal energy storage unit is a long cylindrical tank sitting next to the pumps.

Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre

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Williams Ross Architects 2022

Description

The Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre is Australia's first 100% renewable energy-powered aquatic centre with zero greenhouse gas emissions in operation.

The community winner of the Premier's Sustainability Award for Sustainable Places in 2023, the centre represents a significant milestone for aquatic centres in Australia, with its integrated heat pump and heat recovery system for simultaneous water and space heating and cooling, 500kW onsite rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system and a thermal energy storage system. Compared to an equivalent conventional gas-powered centre, the centre is 76% more energy efficient and avoids 1,192 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

What's On

Each tour will include a short presentation about the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre's design and its significance as part of the renewable energy transition in Australia. The tour will also highlight the centre's sustainable design features and feature a behind-the-scenes walk through the all-electric plant.

Children's Activities

There will be no children's activities as part of the behind-the-scenes tour, but the centre's full facilities—including pool, splash park and water slides—will be open to the public as per regular weekend opening hours.

Images: (1) Evening photo of BAWC. (2) BAWC Front Entrance. Photo: courtesy of Dianna Snape. (3) Heat pumps and thermal energy storage. Photo: courtesy of Brimbank City Council.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 July
Tours run 10am, 11.15am + 12.30pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 20

Bookings required—$7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

Meet inside on the ground floor and follow signs from reception desk.

Closed toe shoes must be worn on the tour to be able to access the plant areas. No photography allowed in public pool areas. No food or drink allowed on the tour.

Please note, tour booking fee does not include public access to pool areas for recreation. Recreational pool access will need to be purchased separately at the front desk.

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ACCESSIBILITY

Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Partially wheelchair accessible, Sensory friendly

Public areas, including the area where presentation will be delivered and all pool areas, are wheelchair accessible. Some plant areas that will be part of the behind-the-scenes tour are not wheelchair accessible. Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre has a sensory room.

Location

90 Taylors Rd, Keilor Downs VIC 3038

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