Dio School Pool

Architects: McIldowie Partners in association with Upton Archictects.

Size & Scope: An $8m budget for a main pool, junior pool and two storey sports complex.
This project involved some significant New Zealand ‘firsts.’ The centre has the first variable-depth pool – a European innovation in which the pool floor can be raised or lowered to suit the activity. It’s also the first use of post-tensioned timber roof beams to address a demanding 26 metre span.

In humid and corrosive environments even stainless steel trusses lack the required longevity. Concrete beams would mean weight issues and an ‘industrial feel’ – rather than the warmth and ambience sought. Our extensive experience in post-tensioned concrete beams translated well to the design and construction of innovative timber beams. The resultant beams surpassed even timber glulam construction in strength and weight characteristics.

Awards: Winner – Commercial Engineering Excellence, NZ Wood Timber Design Awards 2009,
Auckland Architecture Award for Public Architecture 2010

Educational Projects

St Peters College Dio School Pool