University of South Australia Great Hall Project

The purpose of the project was to construct a Sports, Cultural and Recreational Complex that could be reconfigurable to encompass a multi-purpose Great Hall for Exams, Graduations and Events. The multi-purpose hall was to be located partially underground, rising to form a Plaza and amphitheatre integrated with the adjacent Høj Plaza and Jeffrey Smart Building.

The facilities also had to contain a gym/fitness centre, pool, plenary spaces, back of house and storage and Audio Visual technologies were to be embedded in all indoor and outdoor facilities and provide for a multitude of functions.

Services: Evaluation, Facilities, Sport
Consultants: Phillip Gray
Location: Adelaide, Australia

Tompkins Park Master Plan

The City of Melville commissioned SGL to prepare a master plan for a major, high profile sporting facility.  The project entailed substantial discussions and negotiation with multiple sports, including rugby union, cricket, touch, soccer and bowls. The outcome was a master plan which included the reconfiguration of the playing fields and relocation of a bowling club and bridge club to a redeveloped and expanded hub building.  The assignment included the preparation of a management model which extended the previous management structure to include additional parties (ie bowls, soccer and bridge).

Services: Facilities, Sport
Consultants: Phillip Gray
Location: BOORAGOON, Australia

Young Shire Sporting Needs Study and Strategic Plan

Young is a regional town in NSW, which wished to review its sports facilities.  Based on a detailed analysis of its existing infrastructure, a long term plan for future facilities was developed.  It primarily focused on playing fields, but also incorporated other types of facilities, such as the aquatic centre.

Services: Sport, Facilities, Evaluation
Consultants: Phillip Gray
Location: Young, Australia

Shire of Toodyay Recreation Strategy

The Shire of Toodyay borders the north-eastern edge of the Perth Metropolitan Region, adjoining the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring to the south. It is surrounded by the country Shires of Northam, Goomalling, Victoria Plains and Chittering and covers an area of 1,683 square kilometres.

The Toodyay townsite, which is the primary service area of the Shire, is situated 85 kilometres northeast of central Perth, approximately a 45 minute drive from Midland. The majority of settlement is consolidated within and around the Toodyay townsite, though there are also seven Special Rural nodes throughout the Shire. With the exception of Morangup, located in the south western corner of the Shire, all of the Special Rural developments are serviced by the Toodyaytownsite. Morangup is situated approximately 30 kilometres from the Toodyay

townsite and while some residents may use Toodyay as their primary service centre, it is likely that a majority of people use the closer settlement of Gidgegannup or travel to Midland.

The Shire has a current population of approximately 4,800 persons having experienced growth rates of between 1.1% and 3.5% over the past ten years. The Shire of Toodyay is experiencing growth and development pressures associated with expansion of the Perth metropolitan region and the increasing proportion of the metropolitan population seeking to share the lifestyle experience of the Shire, either on a full-time or part-time basis.

Services: Community, Planning, Sport, Facilities, Evaluation
Consultants: Phillip Gray, Colin Brown, Nathan Gray
Location: Toodyay, Australia

Rowing in the Canning Bridge Area

Rowing is part of the history of the Canning Bridge precinct. The City of Melville wanted to understand the capacity of the site for rowing, both training and regattas.

The Canning Bridge Precinct, which includes Apex Park, is evolving to become a unique, vibrant, creative community space. As one of the City of Melville’s major strategic urban development priorities, investigations are underway for the long-term planning and development of this precinct. Given the potential for development to include high density dwellings and a significant increase in population in the area immediate, there will be an increasing public demand for greater use of this area.

In an effort to understand and respond to the various opportunities and challenges that currently exist and are likely to arise as a result of a larger number of users competing for the same recreational areas, the City of Melville and the Department of Sport and Recreation jointly funded this study to assess the future of rowing in the Canning Bridge area.

Essentially the City and the DSR believed that rowing can continue in the precinct; however there needs to be a clear understanding of how it will look in the future. Given that the clubs are predicting growth, the study included an assessment of current facilities, levels of activities and services the clubs currently provide, any future plans for expanded activities and facilities and whether these can be sustainably managed into the future to limit conflicts.

Services: Tourism, Community, Evaluation, Facilities, Planning, Sport
Consultants: Phillip Gray, Colin Brown
Location: Booragoon, Australia