Designers appointed for two new sports venues in Geelong

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony fireworks display.

Designers have now been appointed to lead design works of two new purpose-built sports venues in Geelong for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Warren and Mahoney has partnered with Four18 Architecture as design consultants on the Armstrong Creek Aquatics venue, which will host swimming, para swimming and diving.

ARM Architecture has been appointed to lead the design of the gymnastics, weightlifting and para powerlifting venue on Baanip Boulevard in Waurn Ponds.

The Victorian Government has committed an investment of up to $292 million for the new venues. Parliamentary Secretary for the Commonwealth Games Darren Cheeseman said the venues will benefit local communities long into the future.

“We’re delivering world-class sporting venues in Armstrong Creek and Waurn Ponds that local communities will enjoy for generations,” said Secretary Cheeseman.

The Aquatics venue on Barwarre Road will boast three pools during the Commonwealth Games including competition, warm up and diving pools.

The Armstrong Creek venue will feature multi-sport courts, a community pool and green open space after the Games are finished.

After the Closing Ceremony, the Waurn Ponds venue will feature multi-sport courts, a dance studio and a regional-level gymnastics centre.

Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery Jacinta Allan said the Games will provide a welcome boost to the local economy. “Around a hundred thousand people will come to Geelong for Victoria 2026, and we’re investing in world-class sporting infrastructure that will benefit not only Games delivery but the community for years to come,” said Minister Allan.

Work on the design of both venues will commence immediately and local communities will start to see activity on both sites over the coming months as site investigations get underway.

Geelong will be home to nine sports for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with the Games Village at Waurn Ponds Station Precinct set to host about 2,500 athletes and officials, while Kardinia Park will host the Closing Ceremony with 40,000 spectators.

Minister for Commonwealth Games Legacy Harriet Shing said: “The 2026 Games will create jobs in Geelong, driving economic growth and an enduring legacy of accessible, inclusive and fit-for-purpose housing and community infrastructure.”

It is estimated the Games will contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating more than 7,500 jobs before, during and after the Games.

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