Planned Aquatic Centre at St John’s Anglican College to Put Forest Lake On the Map

St John’s Anglican College Aquatic Centre
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Following the completion of the St John’s Sports Centre in 2020, the Anglican school in  Forest Lake has announced plans to build a new $16-million world-class aquatic centre that will put the suburb on the map.

Principal Mrs Maria McIvor confirmed the approval of the concept design for the facility, which will include a 50-metre outdoor swimming pool with 10 lanes, an indoor pool for swimming lessons, a strength and conditioning gymnasium, and a grandstand with 800 seats. BSPN Architecture created the concept design. 

With Brisbane officially confirmed as the host of the 2032 Olympics, MsMcIvor envisions that St John’s Anglican College‘s upcoming aquatic centre, the first of its kind in Forest Lake, will be utilised as an Olympic training facility. The principal said that they look forward “to establishing key partnerships and programs” to support these Olympic programs, as well as the community’s needs.


  • St John’s Anglican College in Forest Lake will build a $16-million aquatic centre. 
  • The school plans to open the facility for other school’s use, swimming lessons, and for Olympic training programs.
  • The project is expected to be completed in 2025.

The centre will deliver swimming lessons for the students on campus and boost St John’s performance and interschool sports offering. However, it will also be open to other local schools and other public programs. The site will have its own community cafe. 

Photo Credit: BSPN Architecture/St John’s Anglican College
Photo Credit: BSPN Architecture/St John’s Anglican College

St John’s Anglican College restructured its sports department to boost student enrollment and the $16-million aquatic centre will complete its College Sporting Centre of Excellence.

This project has been part of the Master Plan for the senior campus, which includes the delivery of six learning areas for the next five years, including a sporting precinct with swimming facilities.

The school intends to submit the BGA application in January 2022 and conduct a consultation with the wider community. Construction for the aquatic centre is projected to start in 2024 and competed by the end of 2025.