The New Hornsby Aquatic Centre Part 4 – Construction Continues

Friday, 12 April, 2013

The New Hornsby Aquatic Centre  Part 4 – Construction Continues

In the last installment of our series following the construction of the Hornsby Aquatic Centre in Sydney's North, construction had just begun. Pool + Spa Magazine check-in with Raymond Huzij, Project Manager, Major Buildings at Hornsby Shire Council to learn about the latest developments.

The foundations and the columns to the western side of the site have been completed and the precast beams and associated precast planks, which will form part of the car park floor slab, have been installed. This has been a significant milestone as it now opens the site up to multiple work-fronts.

The water and backwash tanks have been cast and water tests have been successfully undertaken to ensure that the structure does not leak.

Retaining walls to the northern and eastern sides of the sites are being constructed which will eventually allow the reinstated section of Hornsby Park to come up to the new building structure.

Looking forward, the columns in the basement will now be formed which will allow the main structure of the 50 metre pool to be constructed. This will occur over the next few months.

ADCO constructions have now hired the majority of the sub-trades. The subcontractors have been preparing and are co-ordinating their workshop drawings. Once these are completed and approved by the Architect (and the Structural/Services Consultants), plant and equipment can be purchased and off-site construction of elements such as the structural steel framing can commence.

With the completion of the western side excavation, the ground has been reinstated with engineered fill to form a batter at a grade of two horizontal to one vertical. The biggest challenge for the builder at present is to construct scaffolding and formwork upon this sloping batter.

Now that the main structure is commencing Hornsby Council is receiving a lot of Community enquiries – with everyone looking forward to the centre being finally completed in early 2014.

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