About the project

The Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre (DKHAC) is a very popular community facility but at almost 21 years old, it is due for significant redevelopment of the facilities and services provided at the Centre.

Following adoption of the redevelopment Master Plan, a planning permit was granted in July 2018 and since then the architectural design and engineering to achieve the objectives of the Master Plan is well underway.

What is included in the redevelopment?

The Master Plan proposes a total redevelopment that will cost approximately $22M for the City of Hobart to undertake. The scope of the redevelopment encompasses the following:

Buildings & Structures

  • A new two story entry building
  • Access to the building directly from the car park via a bridge to a new level entry with a walk through retail area
  • A new staircase and a lift to accommodate stretchers, large wheelchairs and prams
  • A new indoor/outdoor café
  • A new ramp to improve disability and pram access from the 25m pool deck down to the 50m pool deck
  • An enlarged multi-purpose gym
  • Improved disability access facilities
  • Improved car parking facilities
  • Upgraded change facilities
  • Upgraded car parking facilities
  • Renewal of pool deck tiles
  • Increased CCTV coverage for new areas
  • Upgraded emergency evacuation system for new areas
  • A new first aid room
  • A new school group change area to assist with teacher supervision of students

Aquatic Facilities

  • A new accessible warm water pool with integrated spas, heated to 36°C
  • A new enclosed waterslide
  • A new zero depth splash pad children’s play area and new play facilities
  • New dry diving space
  • A new wellness sauna and steam room area

In addition to the above, the building plantroom has undergone significant improvements to improve reliability of the Centres’ heating and filtration systems, at a total cost of approximately $2.5M over the past 3 years.


Feedback is always welcome and we will continue to work closely with all stakeholders as we progress the design for the redevelopment.

The designs for the redevelopment are transitioning from the concept to detailed design stage, and there will be further engagement with our members and the public as we progress towards the final design solution.

What else is new at the aquatic centre?

In addition to the planning and design works associated with the redevelopment, the City is currently implementing a number of improvements as follows:

  • Relining of main carpark – scheduled for November 2018
  • New pool play equipment for children
  • New double glazing
  • Grandstand seating replacement
  • Plant room occupational health and safety improvements
  • Ongoing implementation of renewal to critical plant room infrastructure
  • New filtration for the existing spas (complete)
  • New carpark ticketing and boom gate system (complete)