The design of any leisure facility is a balance of form, function, operational efficiency, safety, and amenity. The planning and design of a facility may comprise only five per cent of the project's total expenditure, but it can dramatically impact the construction and operational cost. The success of the facility depends on integrating the safety and recreational needs of the intended users with the operational and aesthetic goals of the facility owners and operators.
Royal Life Saving provides support and advice to those responsible for the design, development, and construction of aquatic and leisure facilities. An Aquatic Facility Desktop Audit will provide essential information to those involved in designing and developing an aquatic facility such as project managers, architects, contractors and consultants and the owners of the facility.
Your project can benefit from a desktop audit by:
- The development of a design brief critical to the overall water safety and operation of the facility
- Ensuring safety factors such as centre layout and design, pool specifications, supervision requirements, communication methods, signage, and emergency procedures are in line with the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations
- Making recommendations to improve key safety and operational aspects of the proposed facility
- Providing support and guidance for the design team on industry best practice, standards and legislative requirements
Royal Life Saving advocates a team approach to design and project management, with the inclusion of appropriate and skilled people: owners and managers, architects, engineers, and builders, consultants and intended users of the facility. Such an approach ensures that all aspects of the project are properly reviewed and monitored.