From concept to reality

Mount Gambier’s Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre continues to take shape both internally and externally despite current challenges facing the construction industry.

Mount Gambier City Council Infrastructure and project sponsor Barbara Cernovskis said recent progress on the Olympic Park site includes installation of pool plant room and mechanical equipment and first fix lighting throughout the pool hall, while the build and installation of the splash pad area equipment is also progressing.

“Construction is progressing well, and the site is a flurry of activity each day both internally and externally,” she said.

“It’s really exciting to see the concept drawings literally coming to life, and the quality of the finishes is really coming to the fore now.”

Ms Cernovskis said the café was beginning to take shape with installation of wall framing and sheeting throughout with electrical works under way.

“Fitting of acoustic treatment is almost complete in the entertainment hall and sports courts area, along with the AV equipment installation, lighting and bench seating,” she said.

“It is really impressive to see the building all lit up at dawn and dusk and you start to get a real appreciation for what the facility is going to offer the community.

“The use of timber throughout the courts, aquatic and other areas of the building gives it a real sense of warmth when inside, and along with the limestone features outside the building, really showcases the materials that our region is renowned for.

“Flooring in the bar areas and upstairs kitchen and the kitchen warm shell is nearing completion, along with balustrade glazing for the spectator seating in the courts area.

“Painting of walls and ceilings, and tiling in all amenities is well progressed, bringing the facility to life.

“The upstairs multi-function room is taking shape with the preparation for flooring under way and operable wall in place, allowing for flexible use of the space while providing views over the aquatic area.”

Ms Cernovskis said the installation of the Myrtha lining had commenced in all pools, including the 25 metre lap pool, warm water program pool and learn to swim pool and the pre-existing 50 metre outdoor pool.

“The use of Myrtha stainless steel pool linings provides significant advantages in terms of longevity and reduced maintenance schedules compared with a concrete option,” she said.

“Landscaping works surrounding the building have begun, and the Margaret Street car park is beginning to take shape.”

Ms Cernovskis said council hoped to be able to provide an update on the opening timeframe in coming weeks.

“As we continue to battle with the current COVID environment and challenges facing the construction industry, we are working closely with our project team to firm up the completion timeframe so we can inform the community as soon as possible,” she said.

“It is important we continue to work towards completing this complex build in a timely manner while ensuring it is delivered to a high standard using quality products.

“The project continues to run on budget despite delays and council remains committed to protecting its commercial position to continue seeking best value for the community while working within a live contractual agreement with the builder.”

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