Waterworld is the Waikato region's largest swimming complex and the flagship facility for Hamilton City Council's Hamilton Pools operation. Originally opened in 1976 the complex was showing signs of age.
WSP worked with Hamilton City Council on this significant refurbishment that included replacement of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the filtration and pump equipment for the complex's main pools, lighting improvements and an increase (by about 20cm) to the depth of the 50m pool.
Services provided by WSP were Structural, Civil, Geotechnical Electrical, Mechanical, Interior Architecture, Fire Engineering, Fire Protection, Contract Management and Project Management. Groundwater monitoring services and mitigation solutions were also provided to enable the construction to be undertaken during the winter season.
In addition, our engineers were able to investigate the condition of other areas of the building during the close down period and provide advice on additional refurbishment opportunities to improve the building’s service life.
To minimise impact on facility users, a tight programme was required for the refurbishment. This required strong project management and proactive problem solving. Examples of this include ballast to empty the main pool to mitigate rising groundwater and allowing work to continue. To ensure operational efficiency, care to staging and construction sequencing and planning.
WSP’s work delivered considerable cost savings when compared to the previously planned facility rebuild, along with considerable improvements of water and environment quality, energy efficient lighting and greater fire protection.