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Ivanhoe Grammar Sports and Aquatic Centre, Melbourne

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Ivanhoe Grammar Sports & Aquatic Centre in Victoria

11 Feb 2023

Architects: McIldowie Partners

Location: Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne Victoria

Photos by Peter Bennetts

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports & Aquatic Centre, Melbourne

Located on a steeply sloping site along Ivanhoe’s iconic Boulevard, Ivanhoe Grammar School’s Sports & Aquatic Centre is a world-class sporting & education facility that manages a complex brief within strict planning controls and a sensitive residential & landscape context.

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne Victoria

The project commenced following the approval of the school’s development plan in 2016, which had taken seven years to finalise. This development plan envisaged a Sports & Aquatic facility with two courts and a refurbished existing 25m pool.

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne

After extensive consultation with the school’s academic and sports staff, the brief was re-evaluated early in the project to future-proof the facility and ensure PE, Sports & community programs could occur simultaneously. The revised brief was to provide four multipurpose basketball/netball courts, a 50m pool, change facilities, a weights room, aerobics and yoga studios, classrooms, staff offices and a kiosk, which took the project brief far beyond that of the approved development plan.

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne

To overcome this challenge, the design response was to drop the courts below ground level, stacking them on top of one another, with additional rooftop courts to activate the rooftop and open up views from within the campus across the Yarra River and the city beyond. This visually connects the building with the main school oval and maximises land value with active student learning and recreation spaces.

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne Victoria

The building is organised by the courts, stacked on top of one another, with a circulation spine and entry pavilion to one side connecting additional support functions. The pool then sits proudly at the southern edge of the site accessing the spectacular views across the Boulevard and the Yarra River, bringing the landscape deep within the pool and adjoining courts.

The 6-level Sports & Aquatic Centre sits up to 25m below natural ground level. This allows the building to read with an intimacy of scale and sensitivity to context. This belies the sheer size of the internal spaces and prioritises the building’s contribution to the landscape, the human & built scale of the campus and the broader neighbourhood.

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne Victoria

There are significant thermal mass benefits to being partially underground, with stable below-ground temperatures drastically reducing the air conditioning load across the building. In addition, 95kW of solar panels to the pool roof, rainwater harvesting and multiple inclusive and wellbeing focussed design initiatives connect the building with its purpose in support of student health and wellbeing.

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne

Importantly, the design approach maintained the existing development plan envelope to minimise planning risk. This was of significant value to the client from both a programme and cost perspective, particularly in light of ongoing cost escalation. At a budget of $50M across just over 10,000m2, this project has provided tremendous value for money even though it involved significant excavation and retention.

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne Victoria

An inventive design & feat of engineering, the Sports & Aquatic Centre is a remarkable collaboration between client, builder, engineers, planner & architect to deliver an outstanding facility for student learning, health, wellbeing & sporting achievement.

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports & Aquatic Centre in Victoria, Australia – Building Information

Architecture: McIldowie Partners – https://www.peterbennetts.com/

Project size: 105002 sqm
Completion date: 2022
Building levels: 6

Builder: Building Engineering Pty Ltd
Design Architects: John Mcildowie and Steven Mcildowie
Project Architects: Tony Di Lorenzo and Ronan Reid
Graduate of Architecture: Erin Wang
Interior Designer: Holly Loft

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports and Aquatic Centre Melbourne

Photography: Peter Bennetts – https://www.peterbennetts.com/

Ivanhoe Grammar Sports & Aquatic Centre, Melbourne Victoria images / information received 110223 from Architects McIldowie Partners

Location: Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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