With the lack of available green space for additional sporting facilities in many metropolitan regions, Narre Warren South P-12 College and the City of Casey in Melbourne, Victoria have engaged in a joint-use agreement to benefit both the school and the local community.
Both Narre Warren South P-12 College and the City of Casey were interested in the modular construction methodology and associated benefits, so Ausco Modular was tasked with providing a dual-purpose space that the school could utilise during the day and the Council’s local community and sporting groups after hours.
Ausco provided the 325m2 facility which includes classrooms, four change rooms, and toilet facilities, as well as a kiosk, first aid and cleaner rooms, and storage space. Site works took only 5 weeks, reducing the impact on the College’s usual activities.
The Victorian School Building Authority has allocated funding to similar projects via the Shared Facilities Fund in an effort to help develop community facilities on school sites across the state. Co-located and shared facilities build a sense of collective purpose between schools and communities, facilitate diverse and positive learning experiences, increase family involvement in their children’s school and improve attendance and achievement of students.
The City of Casey received funding towards a synthetic soccer pitch and floodlighting adjacent to the new modular facilities. Ausco’s team worked in conjunction with the turf and lighting provider to ensure the delivery of the project was as efficient as possible for the College.
An important design feature of the modular facilities stipulated by the stakeholders was the need to elevate the building to maximise the viewing capabilities from the external deck, which Ausco’s in-house design team was able to accommodate.
The changeroom facility also includes sound-rated operable walls that allow the space to be used in several different ways pending on the various user needs.
The project has received praise from the local MP and government representatives as an example of a successful community collaboration to be replicated across Victoria.
“From the commencement, Ausco worked faultlessly with the College and the City of Casey to develop a building and floorplan to meet the needs of both stakeholders. We are extremely happy with the build and would highly recommend Ausco for future work.”
Narre Warren South P-12 College
Learn more at ausco.com.au/sports-facilities.