‘Eagle Stadium’ is the new major regional indoor sports venue in Melbourne’s western suburbs and is set to claim a new benchmark in community sports facilities. All works have been staged to ensure minimal disruption to the ongoing community use and with Stage 1 (eight courts now handed over to the client. The Stage 2 works are due for completion in 2016.
Once complete, the facility will provide 16 sports courts, 1,100m2 fitness centre, occasional care, community meeting rooms, several operating zones for flexible scheduling, as well as functioning as a social hub for the community with Café and indoor and outdoor social gathering areas. The building and surrounding site integrate several ESD principles and initiatives throughout the design. The centre will provide the best standards for community sports and fitness training to all members of the expanding Wyndham community and surrounding region.
Limited site area and a demanding project brief has led to a design response that is a strong timber screened form as a point of contrast to the steel and glass of the existing building. The major extension over two levels will contain a separate sports court, gymnasium, group fitness, crèche, gymnastics hall, new entry, reception and administration offices.
The diversity of the building’s existing and new user groups demands a high functioning and complex sequence of spaces to be perceived by its users in a simple manner. The design also accommodates for the need to maintain ongoing operation with minimal disruption to the users.