New Wet'n'Wild waterpark for Prospect in Sydney's west

Alistair WalshOctober 2, 20120 min read

Construction has begun on Wet’n’Wild Sydney in the western suburb of Prospect.

Village Roadshow has started initial clearing works on the $115 million project, which is expected to deliver 300 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs.

The 25-hectare site, opened by Premier Barry O’Farrell, will even include an inland surf beach when it opens in December next year.

The park will have 42 slides and attractions including a 150-metre surf pool, a 70-metre wave pool with three-metre swells, the world's tallest looping tube complex and a double SkyCoaster.

The project is expected to attract 900,000 visitors a year, with 20% of those coming from interstate and overseas, and is expected to generate $500 million for NSW in its first 10 years.

Village Roadshow is paying $7 million for upgrading roads around the site, which it will then lease from the government.

Wet’n’Wild Sydney will be the second water park built in Australia by Village Roadshow, joining the existing park in the Gold Coast. Village Roadshow has also built two waterparks in Phoenix and Hawaii in the United States.

Design firm The Buchan Group have been appointed to manage the master-planning, architecture, interior design, graphics and signage components for the project.

The Buchan Group’s Nathan Hones says the project offered a unique set challenges for the design team.

“The finished water park is expected to host up to 15,000 guests per day in the peak periods, so durability, maintenance and safety were key design elements,” Hones says.

“The finished product must cater for a range of demographics, from toddlers all the way to grandparents, and the team took this into consideration during the master-planning process.

“The design for Wet’n’Wild Sydney incorporates cutting edge technology in areas such as ticketing, food and beverage delivery, and marketing channels including online ticketing platforms and social media integration.

“Efficient use of water was a design priority, resulting in a range of sustainable initiatives including the use of rainwater and recycled storm-water for 90 per cent of the park’s irrigation, wash-down and toilets, and the use of the latest water filtration technology that requires less backwashing.”

Alistair Walsh

Deutsche Welle online reporter
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