Junction Oval, St Kilda
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April 2017 Project Update
THE MAIN BUILDING AT JUNCTION OVAL TAKES SHAPE AS THE BUSHRANGERS WIN THREE IN A ROW
Construction of the new three storey building at the northern (City-end) of the Junction Oval is taking shape with the erection of the steel structure and installation of the first floor roof nearing finalisation. Tony Dodemaide, Cricket Victoria's Chief Executive Officer, visited the site recently to view the scale of the new building which will provide an impressive outlook onto the field of play for staff and visitors.
On the northern practice wicket block, perimeter fencing around the structure has recently been installed. This fencing will be complemented by soft netting to enclose the structure and keep cricket balls in. These practice wickets will be a key feature at the entry of the site signifying to visitors that they are at the home of cricket in Victoria.
The practice wickets form part of the suite of first class training and rehabilitation facilities to be housed at Junction Oval. These facilities will provide Cricket Victoria's elite teams and training squads, including the 3-peat Sheffield Shield champions the Victorian Bushrangers, a key advantage in having access to these facilities all within the one location for the first time.
The Victorian Cricket and Community Centre will also provide a range of facilities for community level participants to play and train. This includes indoor cricket training and competition which will be housed within the 10 lane indoor cricket centre to be developed later in the year. The facility will also include an on-site dormitory to enable players to stay at the home of cricket and immerse themselves in a high performance training environment.
The centerpiece of the site is the oval, which continues to be mowed and scarified by the curator to ensure it is ready for use during the 2017-18 cricket season.
On the eastern (Queens Road) side of the oval, works are continuing on the concrete perimeter pathway around the oval and retaining wall. Works will commence shortly on shaping the soil mounds on the eastern side to establish the spectator viewing berms. These berms will be grassed to provide a pleasant environment for spectators and families to watch the cricket.
On the western side of the oval, works are continuing on the internal areas of the Blackie Ironmonger grandstand to provide new and improved change facilities for the community and St Kilda Cricket Club. The project team continues to work closely with Heritage Victoria on the renovation of the seating plats within the grandstand to provide a large shaded area for spectators.
Further enquiries on the project can be directed to Ryan Czarnecki, Waypoint, email@example.com