University of Canberra Sports Common The Brumbies Headquarters

ClientUniversity of Canberra

LocationBruce Campus

In May 2104, Shaw Building Group (SBG) completed the construction for Stage 1 of the University of Canberra Sports Common.

Split over three levels the building includes a hydrotherapy pool, sleep centre, 50-seat theatrette, fully equipped gym including 60m Australian Standard sprint track, medical and physiotherapy rooms and an environmental chamber for exercising under controlled temperature, humidity and oxygen pressure to simulate altitude.

A range of materials was successfully used in the construction of the building including natural ply in joinery, suspended timber features for ceilings, metal cladding and steel. Training grounds were also constructed, with a full size playing field located on the northern side of the building and to the south, a smaller field for specialist skills training.

The $16million building is now home to ninety Brumbies’ staff and players and four other tenants. Its open plan, shared spaces have been designed to help harbour a sense of community between the tenancies, which include:
• ACT Sport/ Sports House/ Sports Hall of Fame
• The Special Olympics
• UC Fit, who operate the UC gym under the overall banner of UC Life
• UC RISE is the UC Research Institute for Sport & Exercise

“This is a project we are all extremely proud of,” says Managing Director Valdis Luks. ”The quality of the workmanship is a testament to the SBG team and we’re delighted with the positive feedback we have received from the University and the local community”.

The SBG team worked in close consultation with the Client and the design team to deliver the project on time and to budget. The end result speaks for itself and adds a new dimension in architecture and amenity to the University of Canberra campus and builds on SBG’s impressive University project portfolio.