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After years of lobbying, the ANU is finally getting a pool!

It’s the news staff, students and residents in surrounding suburbs have been waiting for – the uni will build a swimming pool on campus as part of a new recreation building in a revitalised Union Court.

Plans have been unveiled for the $14 million multipurpose recreating building that will include a 25 metre six-lane indoor pool, a 15 metre by 8 metre hydro pool, and a 24 hour 7 day-a-week gym.

And if discussions between the uni and ACT Government go well, a 50 metre pool could be built instead of a 25 metre one.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said a campus pool was one of the most requested items from staff and students.

“I think every one of my predecessors over the past couple of decades would tell you that the suggestion that ANU should have a swimming pool is one that is made often and repeatedly by everyone here, from first-year students to Professors who have been on the campus since before most of our students were born,” he said.

It’s hoped the new sport and recreation centre will help meet community demand for extra facilities.

“We now have more than 4,000 staff and 22,000 students, including 5,000 who live on the campus. The residential community around us has also grown significantly in the past decade, and the demand for recreation facilities on our campus is far greater than what we can currently provide with a single gym and recreation centre,” Professor Schmidt said.

The pool, scheduled to open in 2019, is part of the $200 million stage one revitalisation of the Union Court precinct, that will feature new teaching buildings, a theatre, student accommodation, outdoor spaces and amphitheatre, bars, event pavilions, cafes, shops, services and underground parking. 

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