28 June 2024

By Hannah Wilcox

North Sydney Olympic Pool’s delivery date and budget continues to blow out with the troubled project still experiencing construction issues. 

This week’s council meeting heard completion of the project could now be as far as early 2025.

It comes following ongoing issues surrounding the construction of the roof with a structural steel erection expected to commence in July.

“Construction activity across the site is continuing, however the program to completion has been delayed due to ongoing issues associated with the structural steel roof over the 25 metre indoor pool hall,” the council report read. 

“Council continues to receive variations associated with latent conditions, along with design and construction-related issues.”

The project is now set to cost $87.52 million with four additional variations since the last update report on May 27.

All variations remain confidential.

An allocated $1.5 million of the budget will go towards extending the services of BHA architects, the report’s recommendations outline. 

Mayor Zoe Baker said in February the ongoing issues would see the final cost blow out to $100 million.

Baker sought to distance herself from the delays and cost blowout at the time, announcing she had previously opposed the project.

“At the time, I voted more than 23 times against it,” Baker told ABC Radio.