Our History

Planning and designing financially successful Aquatic & Leisure Facilities since 1982

RMP & Associates has been involved in the planning and design of facilities, undertaking Feasibility Studies and working with Architects to achieve financially successful Aquatic & Leisure Facilities since 1982. RMP was founded by Denis Pontin who is the current Managing Director. Denis holds Bachelor of Physical Education and Master of Education Degrees in Leisure Management and is currently lecturing in venue management at Macleay College, Sydney. He also is a Graduate of the Venue Management School, member of the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) and a Director of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia. Denis has been a presenter at international conferences such as AsiaFit 2001 in Hong Kong and Stadia and Arena 2000 as a guest of the European Stadium Managers Association. Some of the successful projects Denis Pontin has been responsible for are:

  • 2006 ongoing City of Sydney
    Strategic and Contract management advice to the City of Sydney on existing and proposed aquatic facility developments including Prince Alfred Park Pool and the development of Operating Agreements and Contracts for Ultimo Pyrmont Aquatic and Leisure Centre. A review of the design to identify Operator ? related issues for City Projects that might be improved prior to completion has been included as part of this current consultancy.
  • 2006 ongoing City of Brisbane
    High level strategic planning study for City of Brisbane on asset replacement and viability of options including PPP projects and joint venture options. RMP retained to ‘deliver’ three new Aquatic Centres using the PPP approach and implementing a “new pools” strategy developed in the earlier Strategic Planning Study. The core facilities included hydrotherapy pools. The outcome to date has been the to secure three private sector “preferred Operators” who will provide some capital for “core facilities” and additional facilities at no cost to Council and operate the facilities under a lease with a rental return and no Council subsidy.
  • 2005 ongoing
    Designed the layout and developed the Operations and Business Plan for Rooty Hill RSL and Revesby Worker’s Club to expand existing fitness centres to include hydrotherapy pools, Day Spas and Program Pools for lap swimming and aquarobics. Provided Project Management services to Tuggerah Lakes Memorial Club resulting in a partnership with a local Gym Operator to develop a facility at no cost to the Club. Project management services to Savills Management on a range of projects including the viability of a regional Fitness and Aquatic Centre for Wyong Shire, pools in apartment developments and private schools.
  • 2003-2004 Liverpool Catholic Club
    Management and operational consultancy to provide the Club with a financially viable fitness centre and ice rink supported by Pro-shop and Caf? This project opened in April 2004. Other projects in 2004 include:

    • Provided advice and Operations Audit to Rooty Hill RSL Club on the operation of their fitness centre and LTS operation.
    • Provided advice to Hornsby RSL Club on their proposed Fitness and Aquatic centre development.
    • Provided advice to the CEO’s of Hurlstone Park/Canterbury and Pennant Hills Sports Club on the feasibility of establishing fitness clubs within their premises.
    • Retained by Leichhardt Council to project manage Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre Stage 3 redevelopment.
  • 2003-2004 Kwinana Town Council
    Completed management review, developed new staff structure and Business Plan and on-going operations and marketing consultancy to reverse an ‘under-performing’ Aquatic, Fitness and Leisure Centre. The review in November 2004 confirmed the Centre was back on budget.
  • 2003
    Strategic Planning Study for Roebourne Shire including the development of a Feasibility Study and Master Plan for a new Karratha Aquatic Centre, upgraded Karratha Entertainment Centre and new Sports Pavilion at Bulgarra.
  • 2003
    Baulkham Hills Shire Council Open Space and Facility Master Plan for New Release Areas in the Kellyville/Rouse Hill area. The study involved identifying the appropriate ‘mix’ of open space, sporting, recreation and community facilities and the composition and location consistent with proposed dwelling density, demographic mix and operational and maintenance considerations.
  • 2002-2005
    RMP were retained by Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club to redevelop the Club’s second floor as a “Wellness” and Fitness Centre and to seek an experienced operator to meet the Club’s ROI objectives.
  • 2001-2005
    RMP were selected by Campbelltown Catholic Club to undertake a feasibility study and provide on-going planning and management advice in conjunction with the Club’s architect for the development of a new Fitness Leisure and Lifestyle Centre with an indoor 25m, program pool and Day Spa.
  • 2000
    Tattersals Club engaged RMP to provide project management to upgrade their indoor pool plant room and operations.
  • 1999
    RMP & Associates Pty Ltd, in conjunction with LPT-Architects Hong Kong was selected to select and lead a team of Australian Sports Consultants to review the existing Sports Institute in Hong Kong and the way it currently fits into the development of sport in Hong Kong. The Australian Team Members included the Victorian Institute of Sport. Part of the contract involved Strategic Planning for Sport, a review of existing Sports Centres and a review of the recent study for a proposed Aquatic Centre in Hong Kong.
  • 1999-2000
    RMP provided contract management advice to the City of Sydney for two years prior to Olympics 2000. Denis was responsible for managing the contract for the operators of the new Cook & Phillip Park Aquatic, Fitness & Leisure Centre. RMP has also provided services to the City of Sydney on a range of leisure projects, including the redevelopment of the Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Pool, new management and operational contracts for ABC and PA pools and the feasibility of a new Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Ultimo/Pyrmont.
  • 1998-2000
    RMP undertook the feasibility studies as part of the Master Planning & Design Development of the Ryde Aquatic Centre. The detailed management and planning advice for the design included the negotiations with Next Generation as a ‘partner’ to fund the development of the Ryde Aquatic Centre and Next Generation Club.