Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre, Westpac Centre

Office: Victoria
Sector: Heritage/Refurbishment Sports & Leisure
Value: $15M
Client: Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust

Consultants:

McIntyre Partnership/Peddle Thorpe Architects/Spowers

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This $15m project involved the conversion of the existing Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre into a new headquarters for the Collingwood Football Club and the Victorian Institute of Sport.

Works included extending the building on all sides, whilst simultaneously refurbishing the existing arena inclusive of a basement auditorium, spas and plunge pools, together with a 25m lap pool and 80 metre indoor running track.

The Function Room incorporates a full commercial kitchen whilst the administrative areas provide full facilities for athletes, coaches and support staff.

Kane Constructions worked closely with the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, along with:
- Peter McIntyre, Architect for the original building constructed for the swimming events at the 1956 Olympic Games,
- Peddle Thorpe Architects for the Collingwood Football Club fitout,
- Spowers for the Victorian Institute of Sport fitout, and
- Heritage Victoria, who took a keen interest in maintaining the essential features of the Heritage listed building.

Kane Constructions undertook to coordinate and manage all stakeholders and develop detail design as part of a fixed lump sum design and construct contract.

Despite the numerous challenges, the project was delivered on time in early 2004.

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