There is an air of excitement as the NSW netball community continues to countdown towards the completion of its new centre of excellence at Sydney Olympic Park – Netball Central.
Netball Central is a state-of-the-art facility which will become the future home for the administrative and competition needs of Netball NSW, and will provide contemporary training provisions for the NSW Swifts, delivering world-class facilities for Netball NSW athletes.
The project was announced on Sunday 27 February, 2011, with the NSW State Government pledging $27 million towards its construction, along with $1.24 million funded by Netball NSW.
Once completed, this state-of-the-art facility will house;
- Headquarters for Netball NSW;
- 6 new state-of-the-art timber sprung floor courts including a netball ‘show court’ with seating for approximately 800 people;
- Meeting/function rooms, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and recovery facilities;
- Player change rooms; and
- The Netball NSW Hall of Fame.
At the NSW Swifts inaugural FAN DAY on Sunday 17 February, 2013, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and then Minister for Sport & Recreation Hon Graham Annesley MP were on hand to officially ‘turn the first sod’ alongside President Wendy Archer AM, CEO Carolyn Campbell and the Netball NSW Board of Executives.
With the Netball NSW community watching on, the ceremony officially marked the beginning of construction of Netball Central and, despite some delays due to in-ground and services issues, we’ve seen the building begin to take shape.
On Thursday 29 August, 2013, Netball NSW welcomed the Coalition’s pledge to provide $6 million to complete the construction of Netball Central and to assist the sport in the lead-up to the Netball World Cup Sydney 2015.
Over the last 12 months, construction of the hub building, courts and ‘Show Court’ have commenced and the skeleton of the ‘Show Court’ stadium seating has recently begun to take shape. Netball NSW has been concentrating on some of the finer details of fit-out and finishing – including technical equipment such as Audio Visual, scoreboards, office layout, dynamic display and significant consideration is being given to the operational elements of the facility.
While plenty of progress was made during 2013, there are still some major construction aspects that are due to be completed in early 2014, most notably the timber structure and roofing.
The LVL Structures – or timber frames which forms the structure of Netball Central – will be installed, giving our community a visual of the scope and size of the project. Once erected, builders will move onto installing the massive Aramax roof.
The Aramax roofing consists of large sheets, spanning over 100 metres long, which will be rolled out along Olympic Boulevard and installed in one piece. This huge assignment must be completed within eight weeks of the timber frame being installed to ensure the frames aren’t affected by weather, and as such builders are considering a night installation.
Once the timber frame is up and the roofing is secured, builders can then move onto the interiors – continuing to fit out the Hub Building with walls and flooring, whilst also installing floor boards and finishings on the courts.
This massive construction project is expected to be completed by September 2014, with the anticipated relocation of Netball NSW headquarters to occur around this time.