Australian-first aquatic health and wellbeing hub on track

St Albans Leisure Centre Replacement

Council’s exciting and ambitious project - to replace the St Albans Leisure Centre (90 Taylors Road, St Albans) is on track.

At the 23 June Council Meeting, following a stringent and competitive tender process, Council awarded a $55.1 million contract to demolish the tired, old St Albans Leisure Centre and build a state-of-the-art health and wellbeing hub boasting a 50 metre 10 lane swimming pool, two massive water slides, wellness centre, community program room and more.

Construction is set to start in mid-2020 to create a vibrant, welcoming and innovative multi-generational health and wellbeing hub - the centrepiece of which will be a state-of-the-art aquatic and leisure centre.

The St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub is strategically placed to become a ‘COVID-19 Support and Recovery Centre for Melbourne’s West’. Read more

.We want it to deliver measurable social and health outcomes for Brimbank.

Project Aims

  • A brand new, custom-built leisure and aquatic facility, of which you can be proud. A place to exercise, be healthy, and have fun.
  • Ensuring St Albans Leisure Centre delivers significant, measurable social and health benefits for Brimbank. Having co-located services will help this; and
  • Building a strong community collaboration using “collective impact” principles: different groups working towards the one goal for lasting change.

Leisure and Aquatic components 

The new aquatic and leisure centre will have:

  • Two water slides
  • A 50m, ten lane competition pool with access ramp
  • Leisure water/Learn to Swim Program Pool
  • Warm Water Program Pool with adjoining spas
  • Water play unit and splash pad
  • Sauna and steam room
  • A large gym with 24-hour access
  • Group fitness studios
  • Meeting and function rooms
  • A wellness centre
  • Community program room

Other features will include a café, multiple wet and dry change rooms, including family change, and a crèche.

Design Consultant appointed

In December 2018, we awarded the contract for the design of the health and wellbeing hub to Williams Ross Architects.

Design principles and Site Masterplan finalised

A set of Design Principles to inform the various stages of the design process for the Health and Wellbeing Hub have been developed.

In line with the Design Principles, a Site Masterplan has been developed to ensure the project considers opportunities for future development and future aspirations for the site.

Schematic designs released

In September 2019, schematic designs for the health and wellbeing hub were endorsed by Council.

The schematic designs – part of the early design phase – will be used to provide the basis for further investigation and detail development of the project.

Detailed design complete

In February 2020, the detailed Design Development Report for the health and wellbeing hub was endorsed by Council. This marked a key milestone in the project – completion of the design phase.

Co-location Tenancy

Development of the St Albans Leisure Centre Replacement – Health and Wellbeing Hub, provides an opportunity for Council to combine social and health outcomes with infrastructure development. We'll achieve this through the co-location of community organisations in the Hub, to enable delivery of integrated services.

Following a decision at the December 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting, we will offer Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Comm Unity Plus Services Ltd, tenancy agreements to allow them to co-locate at the hub and work with Council to improve social and health outcomes for the community.

Construction Contract Awarded

Following a stringent and extremely competitive tender process, Council resolved at the Tuesday 23 June Ordinary Council Meeting to award a $55.1 million contract to demolish the tired, old St Albans Leisure Centre and build a state-of-the-art health and wellbeing hub.

Cost and Funding

The total cost of the project is anticipated to be in excess of $60 million, taking into account additional items such as design and consultancy fees, development charges, contingencies, facility fit-out, furniture and equipment. Council has made provision in its capital works budget as well as the Long Term Financial Plan for the project.

Council will also be receiving a $2million grant from the State Government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund Aquatic Centres stream to help deliver the project. This was announced on 24 June 2020 by Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence.

Council continues to pursue further opportunities for funding at state and federal level.

Project Timeline

This timeline is subject to change.

August 2018

Council approved the centre component brief (i.e. what will be incorporated into the health and wellbeing hub).

September - October 2018​

Community information process undertaken.

December 2018

Council awards contract for the design of the health and wellbeing hub to Williams Ross Architects.

Council offers Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Comm Unity Plus Services Ltd tenancy agreements to co-locate at the hub.

January 2019​

Design phase commenced

​May 2019

Site masterplan completed

September 2019

Schematic Design completed

February 2020

Detailed Design completed 

Design and Construction tender documents released

18 March 2020

Due to COVID-19 St Albans Leisure Centre closed on Wednesday 18 March 2020.

The decision to temporarily close these facilities meant the St Albans Leisure Centre that was scheduled to close permanently to the public from 14 April, was permanently close from 10pm Wednesday 18 March 2020.

June 2020

Design and Construction contract awarded

July 2020

Expected start of construction of new Health and Wellbeing Hub (including demolition of St Albans Leisure Centre)

April 2022

Expected completion of construction