Building a world-class fitness facility in a residential setting means a carefully considered design
The relocation of the West Coast Eagles (WCE) training facility from Subiaco to Lathlain Park represents a milestone in the club's history—but the new site and construction had its challenges. Our structural and civil teams liaised with the client, architect, landscape architect, pitch specialist, and numerous stakeholders to deliver this major project within a tight program.
To achieve first-rate pitches, the ovals demanded attention before anything else, to allow turf growth and establishment. Sitting in a residential zone, constrained by buildings and foliage, the structure was carefully located to minimise visual and environmental impact, and 200 trees were planted to replace young or dying specimens. Meanwhile, the deceptive simplicity of the feature “eagle-wing” roof dictated the complex geometry of our structural framing process. We shared 3D models with the architect to facilitate a rational structural grid, which will also allow for future expansion.
Now complete, the world class facility features the amenities expected by top athletes for training and rehabilitation while also providing accommodation for the Wirrpanda Foundation. The facilities and club museum can be enjoyed by the local and wider communities of Perth for years to come.
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