The La Trobe Sports Park is an exciting investment by the University which will transform Melbourne’s north to provide a regional sporting precinct that will be able to support mass participation events, regular grassroots sports competitions and active recreation opportunities for community members.
TSA provided project management services across the three stages of the project. The roles we undertook were varied and included upfront responsibilities include masterplanning, design and value management, along with procurement and the development and administration of tenders and contracts. We also looked after the planning and program management, project monitoring and reporting and acted as superintendent. Though all stages we actively managed stakeholder engagement.
Located on 60 hectares of the University’s Bundoora campus, the project was delivered in three stages. It features a learning hub for national, state and local sports organisations and individuals. This unique environment for elite sports programs and organisations will be supported by some of Australia’s world-class sport, exercise and rehabilitation researchers.
The new sport facilities which have been delivered include a senior AFL oval, synthetic football/soccer pitch and pavilion and new teaching and research building. The new 5-Star GreenStar teaching and research building includes 6 multi‐mode ‘FIBA standard’ show and community courts with change facilities, sports science research laboratories equipped with an environmental chamber, motion tracking technology, pathology and specialist consulting suites, formal and laboratory based teaching areas, 100 workstations for staff and tenants and a commercial kitchen and café, all powered by a roof-mounted 500kW solar array.
Significant road-authority civil works, signalisation and infrastructure upgrades were necessary to provide connectivity between the Sports Park precinct, the main campus and accessibility to the wider local community.
TSA adopted a highly consultative approach that proved essential to the design process and successful delivery of this multi-staged project by meeting the milestone date requirements of funding agreements between the University and various external financial stakeholders and teaching commitments.
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