Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre


Marrickville Council
12 months

Rapid is extremely proud of the works we delivered at Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre, in Petersham Park, for Marrickville Council. Honouring local resident and Olympian swimmer Fanny Durack as both first woman and first Australian to win an Olympic Gold Medal, the new facility now features an 8-lane FINA-standard natural gas heated swimming pool with wheelchair access ramp, toddler’s pool and interactive water feature. The project made extensive use of FSC-certified timber as an environmentally sound alternative to structural steel and Rapid developed an innovative environmental reporting mechanism which assisted the client in achieving specific carbon neutral aims of the project. Advanced flora and fauna protection measures were also implemented on the site to safeguard the local bandicoot population and retain the natural beauty of the surrounding Park, with the great majority of excavated material ultimately re-used in the carefully planned landscaping of the finished site. The project was completed on schedule in time for the Opening Ceremony marking Fanny Durack’s 124th Birthday on 27th October 2013, with more than 1500 locals at the opening, enjoying the new recreational facilities.