Three prestigious awards for innovative and sustainable Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre

July 2, 2024
The Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) has impressed the judges of three highly prestigious awards programmes - the international Rethinking the Future Global Architecture and Design Awards, the Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards, and Aquatics and Recreation Victoria.

The 2024 Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards, hosted by National Sports & Physical Activity Convention | IAKS, recognise outstanding innovative community facilities from across the country. The Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC), designed and delivered by Warren and Mahoney, was awarded the Overall Award, and named Category Winner and for Places and Spaces Design - awarded to innovative design, solutions and management that creates an environment where more people are active, while embracing sustainability principles. View more.

Given to projects showcasing excellence and innovation in architecture and design, the global Rethinking the Future awards this year received over 1000 registrations from more than 40 countries. WAM was delighted to be recognised runner-up in the Sports & Recreation category for its world-class innovation in aquatic facility design, functionality and experience. View more. 

This year’s Aquatics and Recreation Victoria's 25th celebration showcased the industry’s outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations. In addition to receiving the Sustainability Award, it was a thrill to see WAM Associate Principal Brett Diprose awarded with an Outstanding Contribution to the Aquatic and Recreation Industry Award. View more.

Global recognition for this project is well-deserved and represents the huge efforts by our client and our project teams to deliver a sustainable and inclusive sports and aquatic facility for Melbourne, setting a new Australian benchmark. But what we’re most proud of is how it’s been embraced by the community, with memberships and enrolments more than double the forecast, and queues over summer to get into the coolest place in town. 
Daryl Maguire, WAM Project Principal