City of Marion, Morphettville Park Sports Club (Kellett Reserve)

Morphettville Park Sports Club (Kellett Reserve)
City of Marion
Fixed Price
$3.1 Million

The redevelopment of the Morphettville Sports Club combines AFL standards with artistic flair. Existing clubrooms were demolished to build a state-of-the-art larger facility with four clubrooms, kitchen, bar and community function area for up to 200 people, as well as realignment of the oval.

The City of Marion engaged Sarah Constructions to complete the redevelopment in time for the first football game scheduled at the start of April. In addition, it was critical that works caused minimal disturbance to the Centre’s surrounding neighbours, including an adjacent Telstra tower. The project team implemented a focused community management plan to ensure meeting this aspect of the brief was never in doubt.

The completed development provides the City of Marion with contemporary training facilities for the club’s local and visiting male and female cricket and AFL players, supporting the council’s commitment to AWFL. This project is another tangible example of the success that Sarah delivers through collaboration with the client, architect and contractors.

“Throughout the delivery of the project, Sarah’s worked collaboratively with the client and the design team with a can-do approach to any requests or issues that arose.”

Carla Zub, Project Manager Strategic Projects - City of Marion

Solid Relationships Support Community Sporting Needs in City Of Marion


Design Challenges and Creative Solutions

  • Lighting Design Solution. The original plan included a T-bar design with concealed lighting that raised structural concerns. The Sarah team collaborated with the architect and agreed upon a floating ceiling that is structurally sound and achieved the desired effect.
  • CFC Panel Collaboration. Internal construction revealed an internal beam that was too low and thus initially positioned underneath the CFC lining. In collaboration with the sub-contractor, Sarah re-aligned the CFC to conceal the beam. This solved the problem, in addition to providing an aesthetically pleasing outcome.
  • Brick Colour Quality. Upon arrival of the honed blockwork bricks, Sarah determined the brick colour wasn’t up to standard. The Sarah team negotiated several acid washes of the bricks, at supplier cost, to achieve the desired result.

Client Outcomes

  • Stunning Feature Bar. The client is delighted with the overall aesthetic of the feature bar, which showcases stone cut at a unique angle, reflected in the bulkhead above.
  • Dramatic Entrance. The entrance, which incorporates the breezeway, brings the entire clubrooms complex together cohesively. Made of structural steel approximately 4.5 metres high, it offers a dramatic, open space for visitors as they enter.
  • Artistic Change Rooms. A local artist was engaged to paint both the steel work and timber slat screens that wrapped around the entire change room, creating a lively and colourful visual statement.

Sarah Value-Add

  • Solid Relationships. The council were informed and included at all times due to the strong relationship between the Sarah and client Project Managers. The council also found the team’s professional manner on-site engaging and easy to work with.
  • Community Management. It was essential to avoid disrupting surrounding neighbours, so the Sarah team facilitated community management in the form of informational letter drops, temporary fencing and traffic coordination for locals around construction works.
  • Stakeholder Sensitivity. The location of the Telstra tower was a serious concern, so the Sarah team implemented a highly sensitive excavation process in the area, consisting of the HydroVac technique instead of deep excavation. Sarah also maintained close liaison with relative authorities, including Telstra, to ensure power was uninterrupted.

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