With the majestic Waitakere Ranges in the distance, West Wave Aquatic Centre is an important part of Henderson’s identity. We were employed by Waitakere City Council to develop a leisure pool complex alongside the existing competition pools and recreation centre, where the local community can relax and have fun in a safe welcoming environment.
The design references the Waitakere area’s geography, history, and natural environment. The complex includes a wave pool, ‘lazy river’, water slide, learn to swim pool, children’s’ pools, hydrotherapy pool, spa, sauna, and steam room. Also included are new changing rooms, administrative areas for management and membership facilities, meeting spaces, and a fitness suite that overlooks the leisure pool hall.
Waitakere City Council’s eco-friendly policies are implemented in a number of ways, with rainwater harvested and stored in a large underground tank for wash down, and the leisure pool hall utilising natural lighting. Finishes are durable, and details to reduce maintenance are included wherever possible.
The aquatic centre continues to be popular with the Henderson community, with frequent visitors using the facilities to learn to swim, improve their fitness, relax, and have fun.