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Warren and Mahoney’s La Trobe Sports Park stage two kicks off

La Trobe University’s $150 million Sports Park is nearing completion, with construction for the final stage about to get underway.

Designed by Warren and Mahoney, the Sports Park is being pitched by the university as Australia’s first purpose-built facility to combine education spaces with industry leading sporting facilities.

The completed first stage of the project included a synthetic football pitch, Australian Rules oval, baseball diamond and multi-tenant pavilion with change rooms, club rooms and function room.

With the teams from across different sporting codes using it as their home base, the park is already seeing up to 10,000 visitors per week.

Stage two of the development will include a teaching and research building with laboratories for biomechanics, strength and conditioning, sports analytics and exercise physiology, as well as an indoor stadium with six multi-purpose highball courts and 100 desk spaces for commercial tenants.

Warren and Mahoney studio principal Daryl Maguire said that the park’s competing interests brought about challenges in how the practice assessed the design process.

“Combining facilities for community use as well as university teaching and laboratory testing all on one site is no easy task, and thus our consultative approach with the university and the public became essential to the process,” he said.

“This also meant we were keen to make the building private when it needs to be, with elite sports people regularly using the facilities. It was important for us to merge all built components into a single building to increase efficiency and help create that vibrant culture that is at the heart of campus life.”

The Sports Park building has been accredited with a Green Star rating of five. Stage two is due for completion in early 2020.

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