Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility
- k20 Architecture
Completed in 2015, Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility has been designed to provide leading edge sporting and social facilities for elite A level as well as international level games. Designed as a series of stages that form part of a Master plan for the site, Stage 1 includes the BRSF building, a 2 star FIFA rated turf playing pitch and synthetic training ground. k20 Architecture also developed a masterplan for the site which will allow Council to continue to expand the facility in the future, and achieve their vision of a 10,000 seat stadium.
With Ballarat’s rich cultural heritage in mind, the concept of the Eureka Stockade wall emerged as the leading design principle for BRSF. The Battle of the Eureka Stockade was fought between miners and Colonial forces of Australia in 1854 and named for the stockade structure erected by miners. The stockade wall by k20 Architecture is designed to embrace the community and protect the building’s program and playing field from the prevailing winds and harsh western sun. The stadium contains the grand stand (500 seated capacity), conference facility, external viewing decks and players change rooms, media rooms, and sports administration facilities.
The facility is unique in that it has been designed specifically for the soccer community of regional Victoria. k20 Architecture was able to customize the design to emulate the experience of a world standard soccer stadium. This is illustrated in the alignment of the primary player’s race to the centre line of the playing pitch, which enables players of all ages to experience key aspects of playing on the “big stage”. The coach’s boxes are also designed to be transparent with the grand stand elevated above the ground level to create a direct viewing line to the playing surface.
The entry to the building allows a visitor to see into the heart of the club with the clubs honor wall and function rooms visible via the double height glazed entry. The internal function rooms and catering facility also has important social and economic benefits to the club and broader community. The completion of Stage One of the BRSF provides a world-class home for soccer in the region, highlighted by its selection from a pool of national sports facilities to host to Bahrain’s national soccer team in the 2015 Asian Cup.
Locally sourced and manufactured materials and components achieved approximately 80% of local content outcomes within the new BRSF. The project was designed in stages to provide an economic sustainable approach for construction to suit Client funding and provide a facility that generates an income for the club and Council for independent operation. Important stakeholder/community consultation was also undertaken to inform the design, promoting social sustainability through improved amenity and multipurpose function spaces for the Club and community use.
Sustainable design innovations were intrinsically linked to the design of Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility. Passive solar design features include high-level extended eaves to reduce heat load on the building, double-glazing throughout and high levels of insulation. A high level of environmentally sustainable materials and fittings were incorporated and include low energy light fittings, reduced water use fittings and operation, low VOC paint, durable finishes for lower maintenance and longevity, carpet with 40% recycled content and end of life recyclability. The project achieved an exemplar rating using the Sustainable Tools for Environmental Performance Strategy STEPS) scorecard.