Background

Tennis Australia were redeveloping the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre to modernise all playing surfaces to ITF standards and provide a tennis facility for developing professional and social players today and into the future. The development was the anchor point for the ongoing upgrade of the Memorial Drive tennis precinct and stage 1 of the redevelopment of the centre court facilities leading to the future construction of a multi-sport area. The project was delivered in two stages to allow existing players and members to maintain use of facilities during the construction period.

Project Detail

  Construction of 2 pavilions and 2 storage sheds

  Sunken show court and players pavilion

  10 ITF standard Plexicushion hardcourts

  4 artificial turf courts

  13 grass courts

  5 ITF-standard clay courts and players pavilion

  Redevelopment of existing carpark and construction of new maintenance building

  Construction of player shelters, court circulation and precinct landscaping

Construction Detail

The development consisted of all international court surfaces and the pavilions are glazed steel structures with feature timber soffits and ceilings and raking butterfly pitched roofs.

Challenges

– Site logistics and a staged programme created several construction challenges

– Site access restrictions due to the city fringe location and weekly sporting events at neighbouring Adelaide Oval added to logistics and planning and ongoing consultation with adjoining stakeholders

– Staging and construction methodology has been revised by Kennett to minimise
site disruption and streamline the construction programme

Outcomes

– Project completed within approved EOT timeframes

– Project completed to a high standard of finish

Team

Ash Jolly – Estimator

Paul Jennings – Construction Manager

Phil Barona – Project Manager

Kym Collins – Site Manager

Henry McCarthy – Contract Manager

Chris Lemar – HSE Officer

Courts at night

Players' pavilion

Congratulations to all for such a great project outcome, and to Kennett for their expertise through the delivery phase.

Adam Hannon, Cox Architecture