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Australia’s sports and recreation facilitates are some of the most utilised, recognised and important pieces of infrastructure in the country.

As a nation of sports lovers, these facilities are significant bedrocks of our communities, playing a key role in forming our national identity and bringing people together to engage, connect and share special moments. A study facilitated by the Australian Sports Commission in 2017, identified that the sports industry contributes approximately $39 Billion annually, demonstrating how vital sport and recreation amenities are to Australia’s economy.

We are privileged to have extensive experience in the development of sports and recreation facilities across Australia, as we continue to deliver innovative and tailored solutions that ultimately result in encouraging communities of people to live a healthy and active lifestyle every day.

Our client’s value and benefit from our dedicated and specialist professional teams, as we utilise multidisciplinary capabilities to deliver a wide range of projects from local sporting grounds, multi-use sporting precincts, and major stadiums that have hosted some of the world’s biggest sporting events.

Each project receives our individualised service to design facilities for international competition compliance, and we are proud to have worked with influential bodies such as the International Association of Athletics Federations, Sydney and Athens Olympic Committees, the Australian Institute of Sport, elite sporting organisations and racing bodies including Racing Queensland, Victorian Racing Club and the Australian Jockey Club.


Render of Brisbane Lions training facility at Springfield

Brisbane Lions facility at Springfield

Cardno has had a major role in this project by looking after all of the civil engineering requirements for the future home of the Brisbane Lions AFLW team, ‘The Reserve’, located in Springfield, Queensland. The club's new home will include administration facilities and house a boutique 10,000 capacity stadium which will play host to Lion’s AFLW games and be available for community use. The Reserve will also host the clubs training facilities, equal for both women’s and men’s teams, a first in professional sport.

Cardno has had a major role in this project by looking after all of the civil engineering requirements for the site including:

  • Relocation of the existing Mountain Creek in order to create a suitable footprint for the development site.
  • Provision of civil services to the site on behalf of Ipswich City Council including realignment of regional trunk sewerage, provision of trunk stormwater drainage services, initial site earthworks and water reticulation connections.
  • Design of internal civil works including car parking facilities, stormwater quality and quantity management infrastructure, playing field drainage, design of pedestrian concourse areas, external road upgrades and connections to surrounding cycleway infrastructure.
  • The project is very complex and required coordination with the AFL, DTMR, Queensland Rail, Ipswich City Council and the Department of Fisheries to ensure that the project is coordinated with legislative requirements, surrounding development and key public transport infrastructure.

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