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Melbourne Park Redevelopment, Eastern Plaza

Melbourne VIC

Year Completed // 2012
Client // Watpac Construction (Vic) / End client Major Projects Victoria
Architect // Daryl Jackson Architects
Project Value // AU$100M
Services // Structural / Civil / Mechanical / Electrical / Hydraulics / Security / Vertical Transportation / Fire Safety / Fire Protection / Audio Visual
Location // Batman Avenue, Melbourne VIC
Awards // 2013 Master Builders Award for Excellence in Commercial Construction over $80M

Images courtesy of Major Projects Victoria - Peter Glenane

The $100M Design & Construct project includes the construction of eight indoor tennis courts, outdoor tennis courts plus another five courts on a multi-storey carpark and 1,500m² comprising a seasonal shopping centre and an elite training academy, boasting a clay training court to better prepare Australia’s tennis athletes for the French Open. The Eastern Plaza will provide patrons with a direct footbridge connection to AAMI Stadium, greater connection to public transport and Melbourne’s central business district, additional circulation and seating spaces, and sources of shade.

Environmentally sustainable design is a key feature of the redevelopment and has been incorporated in all aspects of the design. Through the introduction of thoughtful, integrated design initiatives this process ensures that the operation and maintenance of the facility optimises efficiency, whilst also focussing on the occupant amenity of the entire precinct.

The building form induces controlled, natural fresh air across the indoor tennis courts and the high level windows are designed to restrict direct sunlight onto the playing surface. The strategies proposed have been proven through the use of detailed thermal and Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling (micro climate modelling) and sophisticated daylight modelling.

The ventilation of the car park proved to be another key area of the precinct. The ventilation strategy is for predominantly natural ventilation which is supported by jet fans in times of peak use. This greatly reduces the demand for ventilation energy for a large proportion of the year. CFD modelling enabled the team to show how carbon monoxide would behave under varying conditions within the different areas and to prove that the proposed systems would work.

The National Tennis Centre is Victoria’s premier tennis facility hosting many events including the Australian Open, the first tournament on the Grand Slam calendar. Redevelopment of The National Tennis Centre was deemed necessary in order to cater for increased use and to ensure that the facilities remain world class.

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