National Tennis Centre Eastern Plaza Development

Victoria’s premier tennis venue and one of the world's most prestigious sporting facilities has been enhanced by a major redevelopment.


The National Tennis Centre at Melbourne Park is Victoria’s premier tennis venue and one of the world's most prestigious sporting facilities. It hosts international competitions including the Australian Open, which is the first tournament on the Grand Slam calendar. The Centre hosts around 600 events and more than two million visitors each year.

 

The Victorian Government embarked on a major redevelopment to maintain the park's status as a world-class sporting and entertainment precinct. This stage of the redevelopment included the tennis centre and elevated Eastern Plaza, which added 16 tennis courts as well as player facilities, a gym, seasonal shopping centre, multi-storey car park and elite training academy to the complex.

 

Multidisciplinary Services

We provided a wide range of consultancy services, including environmental consultancy, to this award-winning project. Sustainability is a key feature of the redevelopment and we embedded it in all aspects of our design to ensure optimal efficiency and maximum comfort.

 

For example, no mechanical ventilation is needed in the high-performance tennis centre. The building form draws controlled, natural fresh air across the indoor tennis courts, while the high-level windows are designed to restrict direct sunlight onto the playing surface. In the car park, jet fans support predominantly natural ventilation during peak use only, keeping energy demand low for much of the year. We validated our proposed strategies with detailed thermal and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modelling, as well as sophisticated daylight modelling.

 

Tangible Benefits

The overall redevelopment was divided into stages with the National Tennis Centre forming part of Stage 1, which was delivered one year ahead of schedule, on budget and achieved a Gold LEED rating for new construction. Stage 2 commenced in 2014 is set to be ready for the Australian Open 2019. In 2017, the Victorian Government announced funding for Stage 3.