The Taurama Complex was designed to provide sporting facilities to international competition standards for swimming, volleyball, basketball and a variety of other indoor sports. The facilities include a stainless steel Olympic standard 50m competition pool which has a movable bulkhead to shorten the pool to 25m for international standard short course competition and there is also a separate 25m pool required for use as a warm up pool during competition. This pool has been designed with a wheelchair ramp access so the pool can be used as a ‘learn to swim’ pool for young children as well as a hydrotherapy pool for people with disability outside of competition time. Both of these pools are outdoors and set into a family oriented landscape and have a ‘splash and play’ area for very young children as well as shaded ‘haus win’ structures and grassed play areas for family activities.
Inside the building, there are competition timing and control rooms that are designed to international standard, as well as athlete and swimming coaching facilities. Overlooking the competition pool is a large electronic scoreboard.
The main indoor sports hall provides 6 courts to Olympic volleyball standards that can be used for a large variety of indoor sports after the 2015 Pacific Games. Also, there are two separate group exercise spaces and additional facilities including a seminar lounge that can be used for hospitality events.
The facility was designed to meet the high international standards required to provide the 2015 Pacific Games competition and organisation spaces, but with the future use and the community in mind.