Grassroots to elite athletes – design released for the Heffron Centre

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The design for the new Heffron Centre

Concept designs for a new state-of-the-art community sporting facility and home of the South Sydney Rabbitohs have been unveiled today (Wednesday 26 August 2020) by Randwick City Council.

The design concepts were endorsed by Council at their meeting last night and will now proceed to development application stage and public exhibition.

As part of the project, Randwick City Council and South Sydney Rabbitohs have attracted more than $21m in State and Federal funding to invest in local participation in sport.

The Heffron Centre located in Maroubra’s Heffron Park will deliver more than 200 jobs during construction, and more than 60 ongoing jobs through the operation of the facility.

The Heffron Centre will feature a new indoor multi-purpose facility with sports halls to accommodate community sports, including netball, basketball, badminton, volleyball and futsal, alongside a dedicated gymnastics facility. A café and plaza area are also included.

“The concept designs have been informed by community feedback and are the result of more than four years of hard work, research, consultation and planning,” explains Randwick Mayor Danny Said.

“This is an exciting project that will see grassroots and elite sports co-exist at Heffron Park. It will also see the Rabbitohs move to their supporter heartland in Maroubra,” according to Mayor Said.

Artist impression of the Heffron Centre with rooftop solar panels, designed by CO-OP Studio

Also home to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Community and High-Performance Centre will house the team’s headquarters, training facilities, a new showcase NRL training field, merchandise store, and a new base for Souths Cares to double their health, education and employment programs for communities across South Sydney and broader NSW.

Designed by leading architects Co-op Studio, the design was inspired by the landscape, culture and people of Randwick through community consultation which shaped the contemporary and relaxed design. The centre features rooftop solar panels, rain and stormwater collection, bicycle parking and native landscaping to blend in with the surrounding park and reduce the impact on our environment.

Subject to development approval, construction is anticipated to commence in mid-2021 and estimated to be open in late 2022.

There will be opportunities for the community to learn more about the project throughout the DA public exhibition process in late 2020.

The project is a shared vision between Council, its key Project partner the South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club (Rabbitohs) and the NSW State Government (through the Office of Sport).

Artist impression of the Heffron Centre entry and plaza area, designed by CO-OP Studio

What you told us

In April 2020, we asked the community about your aspirations for the Heffron Centre - what you'd like to see included in the new design and how best to integrate it into the current park. We heard from you through our Your Say page, letter boxed information and a Facebook live event. We received more than 130 surveys and feedback through our social media channels, website and Facebook live. We collated all of this data to create a picture of the type of centre that will be built.

About the design

With this information in hand, the task of designing the centre was given to award winning architect CO-OP Studio. Their brief was to design a centre that is inspired by the culture and people of Randwick that meet the following requirements:

The Centre incorporates best practice environmentally sustainable design and systems to reduce the impact on our city. It is architecturally designed to capture and filter daylight, and utilise natural ventilation. Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and electric vehicle charging and bicycle parking will be included in the infrastructure. Low-maintenance native plants and materials to regulate temperatures and reduce electricity will be used. Additionally, stormwater collection will take place to reduce water usage.

Heffron Centre design

The Heffron Centre experience

Visiting the Heffron Centre will be an experience that can be enjoyed by all - it will be inclusive and accessible for all ages and abilities. The design includes:

Artist impression of the Heffron Centre, designed by CO-OP Studio Next steps and timeline

August 2020 
Council reviews community feedback and finalises design.

September/October 2020
Development Application lodged and available to view and comment during public exhibition.

Mid 2021
Construction estimated to commence

Late 2022
Heffron Centre estimated completion

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