Thank you for your patience as we worked through the final details of the H2O Xtream upgrade closure scheduled to start Tuesday 7 February 2023.
We’re committed to delivering the upgrade to ensure H2O Xtream caters to the changing needs of our community, is more sustainable, and remains one of the top leisure attractions in the region.
But with the costs of materials and labour continuing to rise, the exchange rate fluctuating for the procurement of pool equipment, and a tight labour market, we’ve had to rethink how we deliver this project.
We have a budget of $51 million, a figure that was agreed through the Annual Plan consultation and based on the estimated cost of the design at that point in time.
However, the cost to deliver the project has continued to rise and we will not be able to deliver the entire upgrade within the approved budget.
The last thing we want is to delay the improvements we need to make to the facility. H2O Xtream is over 27 years old; it requires a lot of expensive, ongoing maintenance and as we've said before, doing nothing is not an option.
To ensure we can stay within budget while still delivering the critical elements of the project, Council has decided to change the scope of the upgrade.
Here’s an overview of what’s changing:
Included in upgrade
- New junior leisure pool
- Full hydroslide and tower rebuild/replacement
- Existing pool hall upgrade works
- Pool plant, services and equipment replacement
- Electric heat pump (replacing current gas system)
- Southern building improvements and extension (additional floor, offices, reception)
Not included in upgrade
- New programme pool (including for hydrotherapy and learn to swim)
On Tuesday 7 February 2023, we will close H2O Xtream for approximately 12 months to complete the bulk of the upgrade. There will still be some work to do when we reopen, we’ll keep you up to date as we work through the project.
The great news is that we have secured an alternate swimming option at Fulton Swim School for customers to enjoy while H2O Xtream is closed and we’ll be in touch with customers in the new year to let you know the details.
While it is disappointing to have to exclude some features of the upgrade we want to stay within approved budgets as we are mindful of the increasing costs on everybody. The design allows us to ensure that additions can be made in the future.
Once again, thanks so much for your ongoing patience and we navigate these challenges.