Lathlain, Western Australia
West Coast Eagles Football Club
AFL | Sporting Clubs | Natural Turf
The existing site was the home of the Perth Football Club and consisted of a single AFL sized natural turf oval, an outdated club room/spectator grandstand, and a large sealed carpark. The West Coast Eagles Football Club, working closely with the local council and Perth Football Club proposed to redevelop the site into an elite training venue with two natural turf ovals and a purposed built training facility and admin for the club.
As part of the redevelopment, the existing oval would be reconstructed to meet the dimensions of the new Perth Stadium oval. An additional oval was to be constructed where the existing sealed overflow carpark was located.
The proposed profile for the ovals was a perched water table. The site won sands were required to be stockpiled sieved, quality-tested, and then reused as the growing medium to be placed above the imported drainage gravel layer. A substantial Quality Assurance testing regime was implemented to ensure the site won material was consistent across the site and suitable for the intended use.
The perched water table profile was constructed over natural sands that had high infiltration rates. The high infiltration rate of the natural sands enabled both ovals to be constructed flat and no formalised drainage was required.
The irrigation system consisted of a bore pump that serviced both ovals.
Both ovals have been used for training by the West Coast Eagles teams and for competition for the locally based Perth Football Club.
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