Bill Lawry Oval Redevelopment

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Darebin Council has an exciting opportunity to revitalise the sporting facilities at Bill Lawry Oval (BLO) in Northcote, to give our community access to the highest quality facilities. Council will focus on finding the most appropriate design solutions for how the facility can best cater for the requirements of the tenant Australian rules football, netball and cricket clubs, as well as how it can be used for a range of different community uses.

We are pleased to announce we have invited four architects to participate in the design competition for the Bill Lawry Oval Pavilion Project. The architects have until mid-April to present their design and Darebin Council will then appoint its preferred architect in June 2021.

What’s happened so far

The precinct is one of Darebin’s regional-level sporting facilities and is home to the Northcote Park Football Netball and Club, Northcote Cricket Club and Darebin Women’s Sports Club. In addition to these clubs, our vision is to make this a facility that all community members can be at home in.

Structural engineering advice has indicated that the grandstand and the sporting pavilion have come to the end of their service life, which presents an opportunity to revitalise the facility and increase community access.

As part of its Capital Works Program, Council has allocated funds to ensure the facilities at Bill Lawry Oval are fit for purpose.

Council sought feedback from community on the following draft project scope for the Bill Lawry Oval Redevelopment from 3 to 20 September 2020 to help shape the project.

  • Potential demolition of existing structures including the pavilion, grandstand and ancillary buildings which are in poor condition to make way for a new, integrated and sustainable 5-star Green Star rated facility.
  • Constructing a new regional-level pavilion, for general community use as well as providing contemporary changerooms, umpire facilities, ticket box, kitchen and kiosk.
  • Designing inclusive, fit for purpose facilities that will enable increased participation to attract new users to the clubs and activate the precinct.
  • Providing multipurpose social and community meeting and workshop spaces that will allow the facility to be used during the day and in the evenings and all year-round.
  • Integrating an accessible viewing area into the pavilion.
  • Constructing new paths and landscaping to connect the pavilion to entrances, the oval and the adjacent Oldis Gardens.

Thank you for your feedback during our last round of consultation! We have carefully collected and considered all of the comments received and sought further advice on the building’s structural condition and heritage advice which has informed the next steps of the project. For further information about the feedback please refer to the Feedback Summary document to the right of this page.

In late 2020, Council embarked on Stage One of the EOI process for the Design Competition. View the Design Competition Call for Expressions of Interest brief on the right side of this page under documents. This stage is now completed and Council have shortlisted four consultants who will now participate in stage two of the competition for a Lead Design Consultant for the Bill Lawry pavilion redevelopment.

To engage an experienced architect and to generate an exciting design concept for the site, Council embarked on a design competition for the project. The design competition is pilot for Darebin’s Design Excellence program which aims to enrich the City through great architectural and urban design.

The four architects have been shortlisted by a design jury comprising of Council representatives and the Associate Government Architect from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. All four architects are thrilled to be progressing to the next stage of the procurement process. The architects invited to participate in Council’s design competition are:

  • BKK Architects
  • Brand Architects
  • fjmt Studio
  • Katz Architecture

What is happening now

The four architects are now working on their designs for the Bill Lawry Oval redevelopment and have until mid-April to finalise their design. All designs will be evaluated by the design jury and a winning design will be recommended to Council. The winning architect will partner with Council to design the complete redevelopment.

What’s happening next

The Design competition closes in mid-April with evaluation of the concept design and tenders to take place over the following month. Council intends to appoint its preferred architect in June 2021.

Once we have a more detailed design from the chosen architect, we will share it publicly and seek further feedback so the community can continue to help us shape this project. Subscribe (on the right) to stay updated.

The next steps include the application of a planning permit. As part of the planning process, there will be consideration of the structural condition report, heritage advice and community feedback received.

The planning permit process is governed by Council’s planning scheme, so there will be an opportunity for further input in this process through the public notification period. We will update this page with more information prior to the opening of the planning permit consultation period.

Darebin Council has an exciting opportunity to revitalise the sporting facilities at Bill Lawry Oval (BLO) in Northcote, to give our community access to the highest quality facilities. Council will focus on finding the most appropriate design solutions for how the facility can best cater for the requirements of the tenant Australian rules football, netball and cricket clubs, as well as how it can be used for a range of different community uses.

We are pleased to announce we have invited four architects to participate in the design competition for the Bill Lawry Oval Pavilion Project. The architects have until mid-April to present their design and Darebin Council will then appoint its preferred architect in June 2021.

What’s happened so far

The precinct is one of Darebin’s regional-level sporting facilities and is home to the Northcote Park Football Netball and Club, Northcote Cricket Club and Darebin Women’s Sports Club. In addition to these clubs, our vision is to make this a facility that all community members can be at home in.

Structural engineering advice has indicated that the grandstand and the sporting pavilion have come to the end of their service life, which presents an opportunity to revitalise the facility and increase community access.

As part of its Capital Works Program, Council has allocated funds to ensure the facilities at Bill Lawry Oval are fit for purpose.

Council sought feedback from community on the following draft project scope for the Bill Lawry Oval Redevelopment from 3 to 20 September 2020 to help shape the project.

  • Potential demolition of existing structures including the pavilion, grandstand and ancillary buildings which are in poor condition to make way for a new, integrated and sustainable 5-star Green Star rated facility.
  • Constructing a new regional-level pavilion, for general community use as well as providing contemporary changerooms, umpire facilities, ticket box, kitchen and kiosk.
  • Designing inclusive, fit for purpose facilities that will enable increased participation to attract new users to the clubs and activate the precinct.
  • Providing multipurpose social and community meeting and workshop spaces that will allow the facility to be used during the day and in the evenings and all year-round.
  • Integrating an accessible viewing area into the pavilion.
  • Constructing new paths and landscaping to connect the pavilion to entrances, the oval and the adjacent Oldis Gardens.

Thank you for your feedback during our last round of consultation! We have carefully collected and considered all of the comments received and sought further advice on the building’s structural condition and heritage advice which has informed the next steps of the project. For further information about the feedback please refer to the Feedback Summary document to the right of this page.

In late 2020, Council embarked on Stage One of the EOI process for the Design Competition. View the Design Competition Call for Expressions of Interest brief on the right side of this page under documents. This stage is now completed and Council have shortlisted four consultants who will now participate in stage two of the competition for a Lead Design Consultant for the Bill Lawry pavilion redevelopment.

To engage an experienced architect and to generate an exciting design concept for the site, Council embarked on a design competition for the project. The design competition is pilot for Darebin’s Design Excellence program which aims to enrich the City through great architectural and urban design.

The four architects have been shortlisted by a design jury comprising of Council representatives and the Associate Government Architect from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. All four architects are thrilled to be progressing to the next stage of the procurement process. The architects invited to participate in Council’s design competition are:

  • BKK Architects
  • Brand Architects
  • fjmt Studio
  • Katz Architecture

What is happening now

The four architects are now working on their designs for the Bill Lawry Oval redevelopment and have until mid-April to finalise their design. All designs will be evaluated by the design jury and a winning design will be recommended to Council. The winning architect will partner with Council to design the complete redevelopment.

What’s happening next

The Design competition closes in mid-April with evaluation of the concept design and tenders to take place over the following month. Council intends to appoint its preferred architect in June 2021.

Once we have a more detailed design from the chosen architect, we will share it publicly and seek further feedback so the community can continue to help us shape this project. Subscribe (on the right) to stay updated.

The next steps include the application of a planning permit. As part of the planning process, there will be consideration of the structural condition report, heritage advice and community feedback received.

The planning permit process is governed by Council’s planning scheme, so there will be an opportunity for further input in this process through the public notification period. We will update this page with more information prior to the opening of the planning permit consultation period.