Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility, Morshead Park

Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility is a new landmark regional soccer facility at Morshead Park, Ballarat. It provides leading edge sporting and social facilities for elite level soccer and A level games. Earlier this year Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility was selected from a national pool of soccer sports facilities to host the Asian Cup.

The facility makes up the first section of a larger master plan for the transformation of the site into a stadium.

The facility has been designed to enhance the spectator’s experience and bring the viewer closer to the playing pitch.

Additionally, the coach’s boxes are transparent with the grand stand elevated above the ground level to create a direct viewing line to the main event. The internal function and catering facility has important social and economic benefits to the club and broader community.

The facility includes a two star FIFA rated turf playing pitch, synthetic training ground, grand stand with 500 seated capacity, conference and catering facility for 200 people, external viewing decks and players change rooms, media rooms, and sports administration facilities.

The Stockade wall enabled the facility to be built in sections and is reflective of Ballarat’s rich cultural history.

The building was designed to ensure there was no overshadowing impact to the playing pitch and to maximise view lines across the grand stand and the interior function facility.

 

Location – Ballarat, Victoria

Stage 1 – Construction Completed 2015

ESD initiatives – Passive solar design features include high level extended eaves to reduce heat load on the building, double glazing throughout and high levels of insulation.

Natural ventilation incorporates thermal chimneys providing stack effect cooling, and mixed mode heating & cooling through the underfloor air-plenum.

The use of timber assists with carbon sequestration and this project also sourced recycled and local timber. This meant reducing the carbon footprint of the project.

Locally sourced and manufactured materials and components achieve approximately 80% local content outcomes.

Environmentally preferred materials and fittings include low energy light fittings, low VOC paint, durable finishes for lower maintenance and longevity, carpet with 40% recycled content and certified cradle to cradle 100% recyclable with an adhesive minimisation installation system.

The grand stand seating is made of recycled plastic and the timber is used for shading to external glazing. The grand stand was manufactured using off the shelf pre-built concrete construction planks.

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