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Architect named for Melbourne aquatic centre

The construction of the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) Stage 2 Project came a step closer today with the announcement of the project’s architect.
The Minister for Major Projects and Tourism, John Pandazopoulos, named Melbourne-based firm Peddle Thorp as architect of the MSAC Stage 2 Project.
“Peddle Thorp Melbourne, the architect behind MSAC’s highly successful first stage, has been selected from a quality field of bidders to design Stage 2,” Mr Pandazopoulos said.
“With 30 years of practice in architecture, planning and interior design, Peddle Thorp Melbourne is well-placed to create a world-class venue that will be a key feature of the 2006 Commonwealth Games.”
Mr Pandazopoulos said MSAC would host six Commonwealth Games sports programs, including swimming, diving and synchronised swimming.
“MSAC will also play a huge role in the sporting and recreational lives of Victorians for generations to come.
“One of the key tasks of the architect will be to ensure the final design reflects the desires and aspirations of the local community, the Games athletes and Victorians generally.
“These requirements will be finalised during a public consultation process to be overseen by the recently announced MSAC Advisory Committee.”
The development will integrate with the current site while providing an international standard events pool, improved facilities and car parking.
An adjacent building that formerly housed a distance education centre will also be redeveloped as a home for small sporting organisations. No parkland will be lost as a result of the development.
In addition to MSAC Stage 1, Peddle Thorp Melbourne designed the Rod Laver Arena, Vodafone Arena, and upgrades of Melbourne and Olympic Parks.
The firm has also completed international sports stadiums and aquatic centres in Malaysia and Korea and is currently engaged to design several new stadiums in China.
The design team for the MSAC Stage 2 Project will take in specialist advice from the Aquatic Development Group in New York one of the world’s foremost companies in leisure water design
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