Ashfield Aquatic Centre project

Inner West Council is undertaking a much needed major redevelopment of the Ashfield Aquatic Centre.

After 55 years in operation and over 11.5 million visitors passing through its gates, the much loved facility closed its doors early in 2018.

The pool was closed in order to undertake the necessary investigations and preparatory work required as part of the redevelopment. Ongoing occupational health and safety issues as a result of ageing infrastructure including broken tiles, sewerage blockages, lack of ventilation in the indoor pool area and plant room and structural issues also meant that the ageing facility was no longer safe to use.

Since the pool closed, an enormous amount of work has been undertaken to prepare the site for redevelopment. The pools have been emptied to allow for additional geotechnical and other investigative work which couldn't be undertaken whilst the facility operated and was a crucial part of the tender process.

In November 2018 Council appointed a tenderer for the construction of the new aquatic centre.

Read the meeting minutes about the Ashfield Aquatic Centre redevelopment.

The community was asked to help create a vision for the redevelopment, engaging centre users, clubs and the wider community during May and June 2017. These outcomes informed the redevelopment design.

View the project page on Council's online engagement hub, Your Say Inner West.

Redevelopment plan

The final plan for the redevelopment of the Ashfield Aquatic Centre will include:

  • A new 50m outdoor pool with accessible ramp and pool divider
  • A new outdoor pool with floating floor that can change its depth, opening it up for a wide range of uses
  • A new children’s leisure pool with landscaping and green wall
  • An improved entrance with customer service area, change rooms, crèche and retail space
  • A new health and fitness centre
  • New community meeting room facilities
  • A community green space and covered seating
  • Landscaped areas and terraces for the external pools
  • Increased parking spaces.

Development application documents

Development application documents for the Ashfield Aquatic Centre project can be accessed through the NSW Government Development and Planning Register:

NSW Government Development and Planning Register: Ashfield Aquatic Centre

What’s happening now?

Council is now working through the tender process for the redevelopment of the site into a new state-of-the-art mix of contemporary facilities.

The redevelopment is expected to be completed in 2020.

Community updates

You can view the project page on Council's online engagement hub,  Your Say Inner West

Further Information

For any further information please contact Darren Thorne, Centre Coordinator,

Artist's impression of an aerial view of the completed Ashfield Aquatic Centre

Artist's impression of the entry and foyer of the completed Ashfield Aquatic Centre

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Page last updated: 21 Nov 2018