Yarra Pools - User Needs Analysis - Stage 2 - Place and community
Not-for-profit Yarrra Pools is currently conducting research to understand the needs of future users of a Yarra Pool. We want to understand what's important to the community and how can we incorporate this into the Pool design and operation.

Stage 1 of the user needs analysis focused on understanding the views of peak bodies and community organisations. This culminated in the formulation of our 'design principles' across 5 themes (Health and well-being, Place and community, Sustainability, environment and heritage, Economy, jobs and innovation and Strategic alignment).

We are now seeking community feedback to understand which of the design principles are most important to you and whether we have missed anything. This survey is focused on the second theme "Place and community" and should take around 5 minutes to complete.

We thank you for your time and if you have any questions you can contact us at michael@yarrapools.com
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Our research has identified 10 design principles related to 'place and community' at a future Yarra Pool. Please read each of the design principles and rate them from one to five in terms of how important they are to you. 1 - being not important 5 - being very important

 
Activation: Incorporate program and design elements that activate the site day and night, aligning to the City of Melbourne’s strategy to become a 24hr city. *

1 (not important)
5 (very important)





 
Comfort: Respond to climatic conditions throughout the year, maximising comfort and enjoyment for patrons. This includes factors such as water temperature, air temperature, wind conditions, shading and overshadowing from adjacent structures. *

1 (not important)
5 (very important)





 
Connectivity: Maximise safe and simple active transport connectivity to the site and improve connectivity along the Yarra’s northern bank. *

1 (not important)
5 (very important)





 
Enhancement: Ensure the project is designed in synergy with the broader vision for the Yarra River precinct leveraging existing and planned activities on-site and in the immediate surrounds. These include the planned ‘highlining of Sandridge bridge’, pedestrianisation of Market St, upgrades to City Road, Queensbridge Square, Southbank Promenade, South Bank Boulevard and Elizabeth St, Rebecca Walk (Batman Park) and improved access to Flinders St Station. *

1 (not important)
5 (very important)





 
Food and beverage: Incorporate high-quality food and beverage offerings which contribute to the site’s attraction, amenity and identity. Hospitality venues will reference the site’s on and by water location and provide enjoyment throughout the day and night. *

1 (not important)
5 (very important)





 
Global standing, quality and legacy: Contribute strongly to Victoria’s liveability and Melbourne’s global reputation in terms of world class design and public realm, sport and recreation, major events and urban waterway management. Provide ongoing community benefit through excellent design, amenity, access and place-making, a quality venue of state significance that ages gracefully and remains adaptable, ensuring longevity. *

1 (not important)
5 (very important)





 
Meeting place and open space: Become an iconic, enjoyable meeting place which draws people to the Yarra’s northern bank, providing the city with additional open space. Embrace Shane Gould’s ‘pond in a park’ principle which recognises that pools are meeting places for the community and that only 1% of time is spent swimming in the horizontal position. *

1 (not important)
5 (very important)





 
Staging: Consider a staged approach to delivery that meets user needs based on cascading demand. This will reduce up-front costs, and ensure the facility can adapt and grow with user demand. *

1 (not important)
5 (very important)





 
Urban amenity and visual appeal: Embrace the urban features of the site and surrounding environment and their effect on the human senses, including urban vistas, proximity and noise of transport infrastructure, and the movement of and bustle of CBD. Create a visually appealing feature of the city, whether that be from street level, the opposite river bank or a bird’s (Bunjil) eye view. This will be created through design, materials, art, lighting and vegetation. *

1 (not important)
5 (very important)





 
Water sensitive urban design: Incorporate water-related green infrastructure which can absorb air pollutants, filter stormwater runoff, improve microclimate and increase urban greening and biodiversity - driving the reintegration of water as a central feature of high a quality public realm. *

1 (not important)
5 (very important)





 
Is there anything else that is important to you regarding the place and community design principles?

 
Demographic and contact details

 
Gender *


 
How old are you? *

 
Where do you live? *


Thank you for your time today. If you have a spare five minutes you can provide your thoughts on the other categories of design principles and if you could share the survey using the links below that would be much appreciated!
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