Sports Hub Takes Shape
South Australian Cricket Association’s much-anticipated $10 million community sporting facility at Park 25 is on track for completion before Christmas.
SACA Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw said the facility on the corner of Port Road and West Terrace would mostly benefit grassroots, community, country and women’s cricket.
“This is a very exciting project as it will facilitate the development of grassroots cricket, community and country cricket all vital to the future of the sport we love,” Bradshaw said.
In particular, the development of women’s cricket is a priority and in the first investment of its kind nationally, SACA has devoted additional funds toward the development of female-specific changeroom facilities.
Officially named the Narnungga Sports Hub, the clubrooms will also be first-class compliant to allow the facilities to be used as an alternative to Adelaide Oval for games like the domestic one-day cup if necessary down the track.
Much like Adelaide Oval, the state-of-the-art hub will possess its fair share of efficiency and aesthetic charm while being more compact than the previous buildings which were spread over the site, with a drastically reduced footprint.
The three-storey development will deliver a high-quality spectator experience with excellent views in all directions including an outlook of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital beyond the main oval and the second, third and fourth ovals in their surrounding landscape to the west.
Plans include tiered seating, sculptured viewing terraces, a function room, event management and player viewing areas, a floating viewing deck, a floating sculptural roof with large overhang and improved parking.
The building will house six changerooms, with the two main rooms intended for old scholars’ football during winter and SACA in the summer. As well as state-of-the-art female changerooms, umpires’ changerooms will be a feature.
The facility’s plans focus on enhancing the surrounding landscape, accompanying a wider Adelaide City Council plan to reinvigorate the western parklands. The building is designed to preserve and enhance the natural landscape with a focus on sustainability. Materials are being locally sourced and the hub will feature carbon monoxide monitoring, high-efficiency air conditioning and heat recovery ventilation. Water-efficient tapware will feature as will permeable paving for drainage.
Artist’s impression of an aerial view of the Park 25 Hub development.