Global design and engineering firm Arup is contributing to building a healthier community through its work on two significant sports projects for Victoria – the new Victorian Cricket and Community Centre (VCCC) at Junction Oval, and the new Media and Administration building at Melbourne Park.
Arup is providing multidisciplinary engineering design service to the Victorian Cricket and Community Centre (VCCC) – pictured above – home to Cricket Victoria’s new state of the art training and administration facility at Junction Oval.
Designed in collaboration with Cox Architecture, the development, adjacent to the existing heritage listed grandstands, will support both professional State cricketers and community cricketers, as well as provide local community education and playing facilities.
Arup’s structural and building services solutions will enable a flexible and sustainable facility capable of adapting to the needs of both elite and community stakeholders, whilst enabling overlay infrastructure in the case of marquee events and matches being staged at the venue.
Richard Salter, Sports Market Leader, Southern Region (Vic / SA), Australia, said:
Victoria carries Australia’s sporting capital mantle for good reason – playing host to a number of world-class sporting events, including the Australian Open, Melbourne Cup, Australian Grand Prix, and Test Cricket Series. These new facilities will allow users to further the development and promotion of Cricket and Tennis in Victoria, connecting sport to the community.
Arup continues to lead the way in local and international sports design, and we are excited to work with our clients and collaborators to bring these state-significant projects to life.
Partially opened in time for the 2016 Australian Open, Arup is also providing all engineering and specialist services in collaboration with international design practice HASSELL on the striking Administration and Media building at Melbourne Park. Due for completion in the later part of 2016, the building will provide permanent accommodation for Tennis Australia and Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust, and offer state of the art broadcasting facilities for approximately 600 local and international media personnel during the annual Australian Open Tournament.
On track for a LEED gold sustainability rating, the multi-use, adaptable building features a number of energy efficiency initiatives. A centralised mechanical design solution located on the lower floors allowed for a re-stacking of office levels and subsequent release of the top floor for tenancy, with associated views and amenity, in addition to an increase in floor plate efficiency to exceed 85%. The building also features deep shade overhangs on the façade, which not only assist with reducing glare for train and tram drivers, but ensures comfort for staff and media personnel.