Centenary Sports Precinct

 

In a fitting commemoration of our College’s 100-year celebrations in 2016, Pymble has completed a significant new capital works project. Known as the Centenary Sports Precinct, it establishes our new aquatic and fitness centre and learn-to-swim pool, and redeveloped Mollie Dive Field to provide extensive underground parking.

Aligned with our Towards 2020 vision, these new facilities enable us to expand and enhance the quality and delivery of our fitness and well-being programs for decades to come. A century ago, our founding Principal, Dr John Marden, strongly believed health and well-being were vital to every girl reaching her potential. He was an educator and leader ahead of his time, and this project, in part, honours his vision.

Pymble prides itself on balancing excellence in academics, sports and the arts. While the Pymble community extends far beyond our gates, investment in our College continues to provide our students, staff and alumni with an important sense of place.

To design the Centenary Sports Precinct, we undertook an extensive consultative process, drawing on sustainable design principles to create world-class facilities.

The Centenary Sports Precinct includes the following:

  • 50m heated indoor eight-lane swimming pool with multiple diving platforms
  • large purpose-built learn-to-swim pool
  • multi-purpose fitness centre, incorporating strength and conditioning facilities and consultation and remedial treatment rooms
  • additional change rooms and on-deck showers
  • underground car park for approximately 230 vehicles
  • new playing field (Mollie Dive Field) for hockey and tennis programs
  • Centenary Walkway.

Supporting the Centenary Sports Precinct Campaign

Philanthropy is a personal journey. Your support of the Centenary Sports Precinct Campaign represents not only confidence in the work of the College, but a belief in a collective future in which our girls and ex-students contribute and succeed in all walks of life. Since 1916, each generation has benefitted from the generosity of those before them.

Centenary Walkway

To mark the Centenary of the College, a permanent walkway has been situated beside the entry to the Aquatic and Fitness Centre.

Pymble would like to thank the 650+ families and ex-students who participated in the Centenary Walkway appeal. With this portion of the appeal now closed, the final design for the layout of the inscribed bricks is completed.

Make a gift

The Centenary Sports Precinct is the most ambitious capital project that the College has undertaken in its 100-year history and will require the support of our entire community. Fundraising is expected to make a major contribution to the total cost of the project. We invite you to join us in supporting this exciting development for the benefit of our girls.

Designated Gifting Opportunities

A special opportunity exists to fund specific items related to the Centenary Sports Precinct facilities.

To discuss your gift, please contact the Development Office on +61 2 9855 7306, email development@pymblelc.nsw.edu.au or visit the Heritage Centre located below the War Memorial Chapel.

Centenary Sports Precinct timeline

The Centenary Sports Precinct was opened in April 2016 as part of Pymble’s centenary celebrations.

Building commenced in June 2014.

Project Cost

The project is estimated to cost $34 million. This will be funded through a combination of existing College funds, loan facilities and fundraising through the Centenary Sports Precinct Campaign.

Sustainability

Sustainability is a focus we pursue with rigorous and disciplined intent. High-level sustainability management practice and infrastructure will be embedded in the development of the Centenary Sports Precinct, in alignment with our Towards 2020 strategic vision. This includes:

  • Heat-recovery systems reduce air-conditioning loads by pre-heating the outside air introduced to the facility with the exhaust air.
  • Jet fans provide assisted natural ventilation to the carpark and are operated to maintain air quality, resulting in reduced operating energy.
  • A combined heating system for the pool and domestic hot water systems results in reduced equipment and increased efficiency.
  • High-efficiency electric heat pumps for heating of the pool hall air reduce overall energy requirements.
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels provide electricity to the precinct, offsetting energy used by lighting, pool filtration equipment and pool air heating systems.
  • High-performance double glazing helps to reduce air conditioning loads.
  • Pool covers reduce heating costs and minimise evaporation, reducing replacement water costs.