Campbelltown City Council, The Arc Leisure Centre

The Arc Leisure Centre
Campbelltown City Council
Lump Sum Contract
$24 Million


  • Winner 2017 MBA Excellence in Commercial/Industrial Building $20 Million - $50 Million
  • High Commendation Commercial Construction 2017 AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards (SA Chapter) Commercial Construction $25 Million - $100 Million

The Campbelltown Leisure Centre has played a key role in the Council’s community support programme since 1969. When an upgrade was required, Sarah was engaged to construct a brand new stadium with viewing areas, new reception, offices, a large car park with lighting and a first-class refurbishment of the existing sports stadium.

The new Campbelltown Leisure Centre boasts spacious change rooms, squash courts, café, clubrooms and a crèche. There is also a gym with weights room, aerobics and dance facilities, and a sauna. The Leisure Centre was completed with a 25 metre lap and splash pool, with furnishings and a dedicated plant room.

This 10,000m2 Council-owned sports and recreational hub was designed to encourage strong community involvement and healthy life choices for Campbelltown residents, Sarah delivered a facility to help foster this.

Sarah’s offered up a large number of value add options and alternative design options to improve the project and reduce costs at the beginning and throughout the project. Given the complexity of the project, the team at Sarah’s were well experienced in working through challenges to achieve effective solutions. Strong communication was provided throughout the project to keep all parties informed, they also worked very hard to manage the relationship with surrounding residents to reduce the impacts of the project on them as much as possible.

Kevin Lowe, General Manager Urban Planning and Leisure Services | The City of Campbelltown

Building a healthy standard of community living

Campbelltown Leisure Centre - The Arc Reception
Campbelltown Leisure Centre - The Arc Cafe
Campbelltown Leisure Centre - The Arc Children's Pool
Campbelltown Leisure Centre - The Arc Court with Stadium Seating
Campbelltown Leisure Centre - The Arc Court and walk way
Campbelltown Leisure Centre - The Arc Lap Pool
Campbelltown Leisure Centre - The Arc Pump Room

Design Challenges and Creative Solutions

  • Sarah identified a significant ground contamination risk, and collaborated with Environmental Engineers to develop the correct measures required to mitigate the risks. The team also ensured all sub-contractors adhered to the EMP when managing soil disturbances, vapour and fumes during construction.
  • The shallow water table created a challenge during excavation of the pool. Sarah collaborated with the engineers to identify a safe excavation depth.
  • Sarah’s project team recommended cost-saving opportunities in materials and the re-design of some elements. This included collaborating with the architect to recommend substitute materials for the acoustic cladding and internal lining of court areas. Substitute flooring materials and protective paint for steelwork were recommended around the site.
  • Sarah’s team delivered a more cost-effective construction of the pool: changing from box and pour to pneumatically applied shotcrete method.

Client Outcomes

  • Refurbishment of the existing leisure centre to make way for improved facilities and functionality.
  • Ongoing operations; construction was managed to ensure continued operation of the Leisure Centre during the build.
  • Inclement weather caused some project delays, Sarah delivered the entire project in one stage instead of the proposed two stages, to absorb delays and save the Campbelltown Council time and money.

Sarah Value-Add

  • Sarah’s project team was proactive in converting this two-stage project into one. This absorbed days lost to inclement weather and kept the project on schedule.
  • Sarah increased the frequency of on-site meetings with sub-contractors to ensure all sub-contractors operated safely and according to the environmental management plan (EMP) to effectively manage the contamination risks identified.

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