Victorian pool icon refurbished

Thursday, 12 September, 2013

Constructed between 1928 and 1939, the Geelong Eastern Beach Bathing complex is the last major enclosed sea bathing facility to be constructed on Port Phillip Bay and is a focal point for Geelong’s outdoor activities.

Eastern Beach represents an innovative example of the work of structural engineers and architects. The baths, including timber promenade and concrete children’s swimming pool, is unique within Victoria. The design incorporates curved sea walls, circular promenade (baths) and a concrete children’s pool.

The $6 million restoration project involves the reconstruction of the pool area, this includes the seawalls and dive tower replacement, the stabilisation of the embankment and irrigation system upgrade.

The 110 m2 children’s pool redevelopment included laying the entire swimming pool in Jasba HT circular mosaics. Previously the pool was painted concrete, but the City of Greater Geelong wanted to take advantage of the non-slip, antibacterial features to improve hygiene and reduce surface cleaning efforts. A pale blue colour scheme that closely matched the previously painted pool surface was approved by the Heritage of Victoria along with contrasting steps, seating and ramp edge safety tiles.

Coordinator of Capital Projects at the City of Greater Geelong Peter Jeffreys says, “We are extremely impressed with the tile supply and installation service provided by Jasba’s Australian agents - Ceramic Solutions. They have worked tirelessly during the cooler months to complete the tiling works within the required timeline and with a high-quality outcome.” The prestigious appearance of Jasba HT mosaics linked with the durable nature of tiles provides the city of Geelong with a long-lasting asset.

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