Diocesan School for Girls Aquatic Centre

Environmentally sustainable design for a state-of-the-art swimming complex in Auckland.



  • New Zealand

Project Status

  • Completed 2008


  • McIldowie Partners and Upton Architects

The Diocesan School for Girls wanted to create a year-round facility that enabled their students to experience a wide variety of water sports. At the compact, inner-city campus they built a state-of-the-art Aquatic Centre that houses a swimming complex with two indoor pools, a classroom, gym, and offices and amenities, across three levels.


Performance and Value

The whole complex is an environmentally sustainable design. Our team provided integrated design services for the project, which incorporated significant sustainable design features. These include heat recovery systems, a rainwater storage tank and intelligent ventilation for the pool hall.


The main swimming pool can be lowered to a depth of two metres for sports such as water polo and raised for learn-to-swim classes. Additionally, the floor acts as an efficient insulation blanket when the pool is not in use.


Key Achievements

This award-winning facility is energy efficient and minimises waste. The Centre is also the first school facility in New Zealand to feature a pool with a movable floor. The Diocesan Swim School is open to the public.