Construction of the new 5,000 seat undercover grandstand at Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium is progressing well and is on track for a Western Bulldogs home game in Round 22 of the 2017 Premiership Season.
All critical foundation works for the stadium are complete, and installation of structural steel and precast concrete panels to both the eastern and western stands has commenced.
Local residents have been advised a section of White Avenue adjoining Eureka Stadium will at times be used as a delivery laydown area for structural materials to be delivered in November and December. Truck traffic is expected to be higher than normal during this time.
Ballarat firm Nicholson Construction in a joint venture with Atelier Projects were awarded the $14 million State Government contract to build the stadium in July. The joint venture is working with renowned Melbourne firm, Peddle Thorp Architects, to deliver the project, which includes:
Upgrading match-day facilities to AFL standard
New stadium seating, public shelters, toilets for all-abilities access, providing access for food and beverage facilities, and ticketing infrastructure
Improving lighting around the main oval and providing an electronic video scoreboard
The stadium will include more than 5,000 undercover seats and a total stadium capacity of 11,000 spectators. It will host AFL Premiership Season matches and international acts and tournaments, bringing events to the region that may otherwise be held in Melbourne or Geelong.
The project has created 38 construction jobs and is expected to attract an extra 1500 participants per year, 21,000 visitors per year, and increase annual tourism spending in the city by up to $3.6 million.
The Victorian Government is investing more than $30 million in the Ballarat Major Events Precinct, which includes upgrading Eureka Stadium, North Ballarat Oval No.2, the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre, and C.E. Brown Reserve change rooms. The City of Ballarat has committed $5 million to the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre.
The project: Stage One is the development of a premier basketball and netball facility with four new courts and supporting amenities, with capacity for later stage expansion.
The commitment: The State Government has provided $9 million and the City of Ballarat $5 million. This $14 million commitment will fund Stage One of the project, with further stages including additional courts and high performance facilities dependent on further funding commitments.
Project status: Schematic designs for the entire development have been approved and detailed design work has commenced. The Stage 1 designs includes four courts, additional to the two existing courts, together with amenities for general and elite use, a new café and centre entry. The designs allow for the future development of a full scale show court and the addition of further community courts.
Completion date: The design phase is underway, to be completed in early 2017. Construction is expected to begin in 2017.
Project will deliver:
A project to refurbish or relocate the Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society showgrounds.
To date, the State Government has provided $5 million.
C.E.Brown Reserve - Clubrooms
Project: Construction of new club room facility at C.E. Brown Reserve including the refurbishment of the existing facilities.
Location: Dowling Street, Wendouree
Project status: Underway and on track for completion late March 2017.
Project cost: The $2.5 million dollar project has received funding from RDV in the amount of $2.5 million as part of the Ballarat Major Events Precinct. The City of Ballarat will also contribute funding to the project.
Project to deliver:
Construction of new change room and training facilities including Upgrades to football and umpire facilities with new senior, junior, netball and umpire change rooms and multipurpose indoor training area
Refurbishment of existing kitchen, clubroom lounge and bar areas
Construction of accessible toilets and storage for maintenance equipment.
The project will help increase community participation in sport and will provide social facilities for a broad range of user groups.
Project partners: RDV, Lake Wendouree Football Netball Club, Wendouree Cricket Club, Wendouree Athletics Club.
Construction by: Searle Bros Building Contractors
In 2015 a $1.65 million upgrade of C.E. Brown Reserve was completed. The project included a major oval upgrade and two new netball courts. This project was fully funded by the City of Ballarat.