La Trobe University Sports Park
A major step in the growth and strength of La Trobe's sport-based education offering.
Warren and Mahoney was selected by La Trobe University through an open RFP process for the masterplan and design of the Sports Park. Stage One is now complete with Stage Two under construction. We provided full masterplanning, architectural and interior design services from concept to documentation and delivery.
The Sports Park is the first large-scale project in the implementation of the La Trobe University Masterplan and is a major step in the growth and strength of the campus’ sport-based education offering. The vision for the precinct was to create Australia’s first purpose-built facility of its kind. The facility will integrate community, state and professional sports clubs to bring together an academic based environment with elite athletes across an array of sporting typologies.
Extensive stakeholder consultation and user group workshops were led by Warren and Mahoney to inform the brief and the design of the sports park.
While an initial masterplan had been created for the University, Warren and Mahoney interrogated the masterplan with key stakeholders and offered an alternative approach which concentrated as much of the built program as possible into a single sports and research facility which was closely aligned to the existing circulation axis of the campus.
Our strategy of condensing the required spaces contributed to a smaller and more efficient building form, with community and high-performance sport, research, teaching and administration all co-located. A key feature of the building design is the ability for a variety of sporting, student and researcher users to interact, and for different users to view internally and externally the activities underway – putting elite sport on display.
The final design consists of a large, eight-court indoor highball arena including showcourt facilities, 3000m2 of workplace to integrate state-wide sports institutions within the campus research environment, along with 3000m2 of high performance sports physiology teaching labs. The 60ha site will include multiple fields of play, AFL, rugby, hockey, soccer, and baseball, along with passive recreation opportunities through the site and along Darebin Creek.