■ Northcote Aquatic Centre, 180 Victoria Road, Northcote
The redevelopment of the council managed centre was identified as a key project by Darebin City Council. The centre was identified as a community hub and vital to the liveability and enjoyment of local residents.
Community interest in the project was massive and there was a strong cohort that felt the existing club could be refurbished and kept open rather than closure of the centre and complete demolition of all structures on site.
Ultimately council was convinced to allow the demolition to proceed and create a blank canvas for the architects to design a state of the art facility. Demolition occurred in May 2021 and construction commenced on the centre in late 2021.