Background

The $55 million Playford City Sports Precinct is one of Council’s major projects and will provide a regional centre for sports in the northern area. Included in the 50 hectare sports precinct will be upgrades and developments to a wide range of sport facilities and activities, including tennis, lawn bowls, soccer, football, softball and the Aquadome.

Project Detail

  • 20 new tennis courts with sports lighting to Tennis Australia’s requirements.
  • Clubhouse, public toilets, storage structures.
  • Shelter structures, carpark, fencing and landscaping.

Construction Detail

  • Extensive stormwater infrastructure
  • All courts have an extremely rigid specification for the civil site works, with a stringent inspection/testing regime to ensure conformance.
  • Sunken courts are surrounded by in-situ concrete retaining walls, and tiered concrete steps at one side for spectator viewing.
  • All other courts are enclosed by concrete sleeper style retaining walls.
  • Clubhouse includes:
  • Insulated precast panels to form the rigid core of the steel structure.
  • Polished concrete floor slabs within the clubhouse.
  • A combination of glass and Trespa envelope.
  • Ply linings internally, including highly detailed ply ceiling/soffit linings integrated with linear services fittings.

Challenges

  • Commencement of works during winter months, requiring careful planning to achieve a productive start whilst minimising the impact of inclement weather.
  • Managing latent conditions, including the removal of existing buried asbestos pipework from a redundant irrigation system.
  • Co-ordination and removal of existing significant and regulated trees.

Outcomes

  • Early identification of any areas requiring further design resolution, to achieve the best outcome for the project.
  • Providing assistance to local community groups when possible (e.g. supplying surplus materials to child care centre, excess lawn/topsoil provided to community.
  • Our efforts to date in providing “best for project” outcomes have resulted in Council intending to re-appoint us to carry out additional works on an adjacent site, as well as becoming a preferred contractor for upcoming tenders.

Team

Scott Kennett – Construction Manager

Phil Hole – Contracts Manager

Gavin Fillmore – Project Manager

Dean Beech – Site Manager

Peter Veloudos – Contract Administrator

Pavillion at dusk

The courts

Sun shelter between courts

From the terrace

“Kennett has performed and continues to perform in a highly proficient and professional manner. This approach to the management of both site and scope reflects in their results on cost, safety, transparency of works and in the quality of delivery of physical assets. As a personal note, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Kennett in a team environment.”

Nigel Fox
Project Manager, Playford City Sports Precinct