Opal Tower builder chosen to redevelop historic North Sydney Olympic Pool


“The pool is being remodeled from a lap-swimming pool to a pool for the entire group,” she mentioned.

Councillor MaryAnn Beregi was involved some councillors had not seen the contract or a probity plan for the mission. She discovered a builder had been appointed through an announcement on the council’s web site this month.

“The council’s price range for the mission has gone from $28 million to $58 million to $64 million, and we do not even know what $64 million will get us,” Cr Beregi mentioned.

“I have been involved by what I’ve examine [Icon’s] monetary place and the standing of varied authorized claims, and whether or not they have enough expertise to undertake what’s an extremely advanced construct on a heritage web site.”

Icon NSW director Edward Whiting mentioned the corporate was “very well-placed” for the mission and it recognised “the significance of the heritage facets related to one of many nation’s most historic swimming swimming pools”.

The pool will close for two years from the end of February to allow for the redevelopment.

The pool will shut for 2 years from the top of February to permit for the redevelopment.Credit score:Jessica Hromas

“The brickwork is the primary [challenge] and replication of heritage signage. We have got a great subcontractor base to have the ability to try this.”

He mentioned the development firm had accomplished a lot of redevelopment initiatives, together with The Outdated Clare Resort at Chippendale and Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, which had “numerous ranges of heritage underlay”.

The Opal Tower at Sydney Olympic Park grew to become a lightning rod for debate over the requirements of residential building throughout the town after a crack developed in a load-bearing concrete panel on Christmas Eve in 2018.

The cracks in Opal Tower led to debate about building construction standards.

The cracks in Opal Tower led to debate about constructing building requirements.


The incident unleashed a wave of litigation in NSW courts. Icon has alleged in court documents that “shortcomings” by the constructing’s structural design engineer induced the injury to the condo constructing.

A Federal Courtroom resolution final yr mentioned Icon had paid out in excess of $31 million as a result of the damage, together with property rectification prices, different lodging prices for residents and authorized charges since February 28.

Mr Whiting declined to touch upon the Opal Tower. He mentioned Icon had quite a few initiatives within the pipeline and there have been “no monetary considerations with our enterprise”, which is backed by building large Kajima Company.

“We’ve a great file for [delivering projects] on time and on price range, we’re certain to hold that on,” Mr Whiting mentioned.

Cr Gibson mentioned she had “full confidence in Icon, in any other case they would not have been awarded the tender”.

Artists impressions of the North Sydney Pool redevelopment.

Artists impressions of the North Sydney Pool redevelopment. Credit score:Picture courtesy of North Sydney Council

“I am very assured that we’ll be swimming in it earlier than Christmas 2022.”

The 50-metre pool will stay open till the top of February for booked swims.

“Council will then spend two to a few weeks decommissioning the pool, together with eradicating gear and memorabilia, earlier than handing the location to Icon to begin building,” the council mentioned.

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