Wollongong City Council

Wollongong, NSW


$12 million

Hydraulic engineer

Originally opened in November 1938, the North Beach Pavilion in Wollongong is a heritage listed icon in a picturesque setting.

In 2012, the pavilion underwent a $12 million refurbishment to provide modern change areas and amenities, lifeguard facilities and a new cafe, all of which required extensive hydraulic services.

The pavilion has been meticulously renovated to the highest standards, with the state-of–the-art finishes, bringing the 1930’s building back to it’s former glory.

Project challenges

A key challenge for the project was designing water, sewer, gas and rainwater harvesting systems within an existing building, and not affecting the heritage significance. This required an understanding of what works were permissible in a heritage building and the ability to consider alternatives.

In order to reduce the impact on the environment and minimise potable water usage, a rainwater harvesting system was a key element of the design. The system needed to be located in the underfloor space, but above the maximum tide level. This was achieved, and the collected water used to flush toilets.

Community infrastructure projects

The Woolacotts brand is synonymous with community infrastructure projects. Other projects include:

Garie Beach Surf Club

Dubbo Theatre


Sydney Park

Healesville flood study

Streetscapes and laneways

Headland Park

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