Cambridge pool redevelopment

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Cambridge Pool redevelopment​A new pool complex, to complement the existing 50m outdoor pool, is being built in Cambridge.

Latest update

The Cambridge Pool complex is being upgraded to include an upgrade of the existing outdoor pool, a new 10-lane indoor pool and learner’s pool, a hydrotherapy pool, spa and sauna and a children’s splash pad. There will be increased seating and a community room as well as car-parking and landscaping

Design of the pool complex is currently being finalised and construction of the pool is set to begin around March 2018.

The existing pool will be open for a shortened season this summer until Sunday 25 February 2018. The complex will then close until the new facility reopens at the end of 2019.​

The pool relies on $2.1 million of community fundraising - $800,000 has already been raised.

Background

Council’s objective for the pool complex is:

“To provide a fun and leisure destination that is affordable, accessible and durable in terms of meeting growth expectations and not compromising quality of experience.”

The story of the Cambridge pool runs over five decades. Cambridge currently has an outdoor 50m pool which is only open during the summer months. It was opened in 1971, after much fundraising by the local community and swimming club.

The current outdoor pool is managed by Go Waipa (the Waipa Community Facilities Trust) who also manage the Livingstone Aquatics Centre in Te Awamutu.

Initial development plans 

In June 2015, Waipa District Council approved a project that would see a covered pool built next to the existing outdoor pool. This meant that year-round swimming would be available.

The project was consulted on as part of the 2015-25 10-Year Plan and included:

  • keeping the outdoor 50m pool (and upgrading the current filtration plant and changing room facilities) as well as
  • building a new indoor 25m pool and
  • an indoor learner’s pool.

The 25m indoor pool was either going to be 8 or 10 lane, depending on the amount of fundraising secured. The scope didn’t include any update to the existing reception area and entrance, or any allowance in cost for roadworks, carparking and landscaping surrounding the complex.

The complex was going to be funded by a mixture of loan funding ($4.6m), proceeds from land sales ($3m), development contributions ($150,000) and fundraising ($2.1m). The total budget for this was $9.9m but it’s important to note that this was based on estimates as Council was in very early stages of the project planning.​

Revision of scope

After the project was approved in the 10-Year Plan, Council received lots of feedback from pool user groups about additional features the pool complex should include. In particular the feedback was for Council to consider the addition of a hydrotherapy pool, increasing the depth of the pool, additional seating and more community space.

A business case was completed in 2016 which took a closer look at the costs involved with building this new pool complex and whether any other features were required to make sure Council met the recreation/leisure objective.

Sport Waikato and Sport New Zealand were key contributors to the development​ of the business case.

Read more:  Cambridge Pool Development - Business Case [PDF, 6MB, 47 pages]

Public consultation

​In light of this feedback, and the projected population growth for Cambridge and surrounding areas, the Mayor and councillors confirmed in April 2017 they would formally consider a $16.5 million project instead of the redevelopment approved in its 10-Year Plan.

The additional money would allow for an upgrade of the existing outdoor pool, a new 10-lane indoor pool and learner’s pool, a hydrotherapy pool, spa and sauna and a children’s splash pad. The new plans also include increased seating and a community room as well as car-parking, roads and landscaping.

Public consultation closed on 1 June 2017. On 13 June 2017​, Council confirmed that, in response to feedback gained through the consultation process, it will go ahead with the expanded option for the Cambridge Pool project.

Read more Cambridge pool - Statement of Proposal [PDF, 4.5MB, 17 pages]

Option 1 (new plans)

Cambridge pool redevelopment - Option 1

Option 2 (current plans)

Cambridge pool redevelopment - Option 2

Public consultation closed on 1 June 2017. 

Previous project updates

Council decision: June 2017

On 13 June 2017​, Council confirmed that, in response to feedback gained through the consultation process, it will go ahead with the expanded option for the Cambridge Pool project.

The agreed plans mean that, at a cost of $16.8 million, the Cambridge Pool complex will include an upgrade of the existing outdoor pool, a new 10-lane indoor pool and learner’s pool, a hydrotherapy pool, spa and sauna and a children’s splash pad. There will be increased seating and a community room as well as car-parking and landscaping.

Now that the scope has been confirmed, design of the pool complex can be finalised and construction of the pool is set to begin in March 2018.​

Public consultation: May 2017

Waipa residents and ratepayers were formally asked to have their say on revised plans for the Cambridge pool.​ Consultation closed on 1 June 2017.

Council decision: April 2017

Following community feedback and massive growth projections for the area, Council confirmed it would formally consider a $16.5 million project instead of the $9.9 million pool redevelopment approved in its 10-Year Plan.

Councillor workshop: December 2016

The feedback from the stakeholder meeting was taken to the Mayor and councillors workshop on 16 December. Although no formal decisions can be made in a workshop, there was general support towards the addition of more seating, a hydrotherapy pool and inclusion of a facility room.​

Stakeholder meeting: November 2016

On 22 November, a workshop was held with key stakeholders of the Cambridge Pool development. There was a lot of discussion around what should be included in the scope of the development. The key themes were:

  • Indoor spectator seating requirement- Request for seating for spectators but no determination of what level of capacity required e.g. regular casual use or event mode.
  • Deeper water requirement of 25m pool -  Water polo and Underwater Hockey perceive their sports suffer through lack of access to an appropriate depth for their sports (min 1.8m).
  • Standalone hydrotherapy pool- Based on the immediate need for access for older adults to therapy and rehabilitation and the longer term increase in this age group.
  • Facility room- for aquatic sport event delivery must be multi-purpose community/meeting space.​


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Page reviewed: 23 Nov 2017 3:59pm