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Watsons Bay Baths
by Kieran McInerney Architect in association with d-Construct Architects



The re-design of Watsons Bay Baths ensures its continuing use and provides the world's first deep water wheelchair access to a tidal sea pool. Two new robust concrete piers lead to broad platforms give access to a a natural marine habitat where seagrass and seahorse habitats are created and protected. The double hairpin access ramp and gangway gives views of all of the pool and descends to the new access pontoon. This pontoon is the primary access to the pool for all swimmers including those with disabilities as well as children and the elderly. The immersed ramp inspires water confidence and ensures

that users of all abilities can enter the water at the same location and in the same depth of water (670mm) in any tidal situation. Durably detailed high strength concrete and streamlined detailing of stainless steel minimises corrosion. The many stakeholders, consent authorities, consultants and an engaged local community have created a unique, joyful and much-used place in Sydney Harbour. The new yellow pontoon floating in new Watsons Bay Baths is a wheelchair accessible pontoon, a paddling pool, a water fun park, and place to talk and sunbathe for all to gather and enjoy the harbour.

Kieran McInerney Architect in association with d-Construct Architects
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Kieran McInerney Architect in association with d-Construct Architects
Project Team
Design architect: Kieran McInerney
Design architect: Dylan Gower
Project architect: Kieran McInerney
Project manager: Howard Bersten, TLB
Architect: Victor Young, Jensen Young Pty Ltd
Architect: Ruth Leiminer
Architectural Assistant: Genevieve Blanchett
Architectural Assistant: Robert Beson
Architectural Assistant: Jennifer van den Bussche
Building surveyor: David Lovell, CMS
Cost Consultant: Steven Bregovic, Altus Page Kirkland
Environmental consultant: Cardno Ecology Lab
Heritage consultant: Don Wallace, NBRS&P
Marine Engineer: TLB Engineers
Access Consultant: Mark Relf, Accessibility Solutions
Builder: Sydney Marina Contracting (SMC)
Construction Manager: Pete Philipp and Jeff Offer, SMC
Project manager: Howard Bersten, TLB
: Dave Thomas, Eco-Divers
Photographer: Murray Fredericks
Photographer: Murray Fredericks

Photographs by Murray Fredericks & Murray Fredericks, text by Kieran McInerney Architect in association with d-Construct Architects

Link directly to this award entry: is the website of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects