The Forum

The Hunter Region's premier aquatic facility

Newcastle University Sport (NUsport) is the peak sporting body at the University of Newcastle. It manages The Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre on the Callaghan campus and The Forum Health and Wellness Centre in Newcastle CBD.

Over the course of its 23 years, The Sports and Aquatic Centre at Callaghan has undergone many incremental repairs and upgrades. A review and analysis of its structural elements and pool water systems (pumps, filtration, chemical dosing, heating etc.) reveal deterioration beyond the scope of minor repairs.

To ensure the Aquatic Centre remains ahead of industry standards and to continue to offer dynamic and functional facilities for all users, the University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky AO recognised the need to prioritise the refurbishment works, and requested the project to commence during the closures of facilities in the management of COVID-19.

Project scope

The main priorities of the project are to:

  1. repair and upgrade the pool structure
  2. modify the existing structure to accommodate a disabled access ramp
  3. installation of touch pad timing and swim wall that will provide flexibility to length of lanes

Other works that will be taking place include refurbishments to the ground floor amenities and ceiling.

These works apply only to the indoor pool, associated infrastructure and amenities. The Forum will otherwise continue to operate sport, health and fitness programs for our community. Click here for information on The Forum’s current opening times and programming.