Major construction underway on the Fitzroy Gasworks Sports Centre. Photo credit: Peter Glenane.
Major construction works are now underway on the Fitzroy Gasworks Sports Centre in Melbourne’s inner-north.
The centre is being constructed by Built Environs on the Fitzroy Gasworks site and is one of the few vertically designed sports centres to be built in Australia.
With major construction expected to generate about 150 jobs, Victoria’s Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said she is excited to see the project progressing and creating local employment opportunities.
“We’re transforming the site of the former Fitzroy Gasworks into a thriving new precinct with more affordable and sustainable housing, a first-class sports centre and public spaces for everyone to enjoy,” said Minister Allan.
The unique vertical design of the centre is in response to the demand for sports venues in built-up inner-city areas – providing room for a range of local sports clubs including the Collingwood Basketball Association.
It’s set to include four multi-purpose courts for highball sports, a multi-purpose court for futsal, a gymnasium, café and lounge area, community facilities, change rooms, umpire change rooms, foyer and reception.
The new sports centre will be built adjacent to the Wurun Senior Campus which opened in Term One of the 2022 school year and will be designed and constructed to integrate with the school’s two indoor sports courts.
Victoria’s Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence added: “Since 2014, we have invested more than $1.6 billion in sporting infrastructure for local communities such as this innovative Fitzroy Gasworks Sports Centre – we can’t wait to see it become a focal point in Fitzroy for generations to come.”
The Victorian Government has invested $49.5 million in the project, alongside a $5 million contribution from Yarra City Council, which will manage the centre.
The project forms part of the Government’s vision for the Fitzroy Gasworks Precinct to create a new neighbourhood that will be home for more than a thousand families.