Transforming Melbourne’s Icon Swimming Pool – Learning from 1981 (world’s first?) performance-based fire safety design

2003 Introduction

When Melbourne’s architectural icon swimming pool from its 1956 Olympic Games was converted into a multi-purpose sports centre in 1981, the fire aspects of the renovation were determined from a performance-based design process, rather than from strict adherence to the then current prescriptive regulations. This performance-based approach contributed hugely to this icon building being afforded a new lease of life, and avoiding an otherwise predictable decline into disuse andeventual demolition.

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