An Investment in the Future
The redevelopment of Aqualink Box Hill (AQBH) is an outcome of Whitehorse City Council’s vision to create an outstanding new community facility that provides a diverse range of health, fitness and leisure opportunities for its community. It is the largest and one of the most important projects in the Council’s history.
When the new AQBH opened to the public on 16 December 2013 after just 22 months of construction, but many years of planning, this vision became reality.
More than double the size of the old facility, the new AQBH is one of the most modern and innovative aquatic and leisure centres in Australia in terms of its environmentally-sustainable design features, diverse aquatic facilities, spacious and flexible program spaces, and broad range of services.
While AQBH had served the community well since the 1970s, it no longer adequately met the needs of the 650,000 patrons who visited the facility each year.
The more than 30 million dollar project, including a $2.5 million contribution from the Victorian Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria, involved the demolition and complete redevelopment of AQBH.
An Energy-efficient Facility
The aquatic environment provides significant opportunity for energy reduction and water saving targets with leading practice features in sustainable design. Initiatives such as heat and electrical power from on-site co-generation, efficient pre-coat pool water filtration, highly-insulated and fully-sealed thermal envelopes, and new air handling control systems are integrated into the new building. These initiatives combine to significantly reduce water loss and condensation, lower evaporation rates, reduce energy demand for air and water, and improve the air and water quality.