Lambton Park War Memorial Swimming Centre

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Lambton Park War Memorial Swimming Centre is a popular aquatics facility which is owned by the City of Newcastle and managed under a lease arrangement by Bluefit, who specialise in leisure facility management.

The centre was opened in 1963 and was developed as the City of Newcastle's first inland swimming pool. An average of 184,000 people visit the popular facility annually. Offering a range of aquatics, leisure and sporting options, the large outdoor facility is complete with a 50-metre pool, diving pool with diving boards and a diving tower, 100 metre water slide, water park, full-service cafe and a host of programs and services.

Grandstand replacement

A recent engineering assessment identified that the 60-year-old concrete grandstand was no longer fit for purpose.

As part of the continued investment to protect and enhance the popular facility, City of Newcastle engaged Precise Build Construction to undertake the construction of a new grandstand.

The construction of the new reinforced concrete grandstand is now complete, with an official opening hosted on 17 December 2023 to celebrate the new $2.2 million grandstand. The concrete structure is capable of hosting 800 people and includes much-needed storage space for operational requirements including equipment for sporting groups, and upgraded accessibility.

Temporary seating structures

Five of the tiered seating structures temporarily installed at Lambton Swimming Centre in January have been permanently relocated to the Mayfield, Stockton and Wallsend Swimming Centres, where the addition of new shade covers will give schools, sporting groups and spectators more seating options when the facilities reopen later this year.

The three remaining temporary grandstands at Lambton have been permanently fitted adjacent to the diving pool, allowing additional viewing areas for water polo and diving.

Lambton Pool Slide
After 22 years, it was time to replace the beloved Lambton Pool Slide. Throughout the winter closure in 2022, the new slide was installed and we captured a timelapse of the installation.

Latest news

17 December 2023 - Lambton Pool celebrates 60th anniversary with grand re-opening

16 August 2023 - Swimmers ready to dive into new season as City of Newcastle continues its investment in public pools

11 July 2023 - City of Newcastle receives proposal for $10 million makeover of Lambton Pool

30 June 2023 - Determination management of inland swimming centres contract

22 May 2023 - Investment in Newcastle's public swimming pools continues

8 May 2023 - Lambton pool grandstand demolition gets underway

12 January 2023 - New grandstand to give spectators plenty to cheer about

Frequently asked questions

A recent engineering assessment identified that the 60-year-old concrete grandstand was no longer fit for purpose. 

City of Newcastle will celebrate the completion of the new $2.2 million grandstand on Sunday 17 December with a family friendly community day. 

The day will be filled with activities and entertainment for all to enjoy! There’ll be pool inflatables and a DJ to bring the anniversary vibes as we mark 60 years of Lambton Park War Memorial Swimming Centre. 

Lambton Park War Memorial Swimming Centre is owned by City of Newcastle and managed by Bluefit. To find out more about Bluefit, please www.bluefit.com.au