Melbourne Cricket Club
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The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), in partnership with the Victorian Government, agreed to a Joint Use Agreement for the development of a world class sports facility at Beaumaris Secondary College. As part of the development of the school, the MCC will fund and maintain two elite natural turf ovals (including turf wickets), a synthetic grass pitch and a new pavilion.
The partnership will provide a unique opportunity for the school students and local community to have access to high class Fields of Play. The school will have access to the fields during the day and the inclusion of lights will enable the MCC sporting teams, as well as local sporting groups, to access the facilities after hours.
Working closely with the project architect, Clarke Hopkins Clarke, SPORTENG were responsible for the detailed design and documentation for both the elite natural turf ovals, provided technical advice for the design of the synthetic pitch and also undertook Construction Phase Consulting Services for these Field of Play elements.
The MCC wanted the ovals to be elite natural turf Fields of Play that could be curated and presented as a world class facility.
SPORTENG were bought into the project later than the rest of the design team who had undertaken significant design works which set the geometry, location and key interfaces for the Field of Play elements.
As a result some of the specific requirements to deliver high-quality Fields of Play had not been considered and would not deliver on the MCC’s desire to have world class sporting facilities.
SPORTENG worked closely with the design team to ensure the design for the Field of Play elements would meet the needs of the MCC. SPORTENG designed a perched water table for both of the proposed natural turf ovals. This would enable the MCC curators to maintain a high quality natural turf playing surface.
The specification for the cricket wicket was to source the same material used for the Melbourne Cricket Ground wickets.
The design for the synthetic pitch had been completed and tendered on. SPORTENG worked with the MCC to make adjustments, produced a technical specification and completed client side Construction Phase Consulting Services to ensure the pitch obtained FIFA approval.
The facility was delivered to a high quality standard and has been successfully used by both the MCC, school and community.
“Through the MCC Foundation, we have a strong history of promoting sport in the community," said MCC Vice-President Mr Stephen Spargo. "Establishing a site with multi-sport facilities for use by both the MCC and the community has been a long-held objective of the Foundation and is something we are very excited about."