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.

Council is exploring options for the redevelopment of the Bill Lawry Oval (BLO) pavilion and grandstand. Thanks for your feedback during our latest round of consultation! Over the last four weeks, we have carefully collected and considered all of the comments received and have sought further advice on the building’s structural condition and heritage advice which will inform the next steps of the project.


What’s happened so far

In 2018/19 Council received $500,000 as part of the State Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund to upgrade the facilities at Bill Lawry Oval.

In 2018/2019 State sporting organisations Cricket Victoria and AFL Vic both pledged $100,000 each towards the redevelopment.

In 2019/20 the outdated public amenities block was upgraded with new accessible amenities. Minor cosmetic upgrades to the southern changeroom block were made so the facility can continue to be used during the design process; a turf upgrade of the oval also took place.

Council allocated funds to develop the design for new or upgraded facilities at BLO in the 2020/21 financial year.

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.

Council sought feedback from community on the following draft proposal options 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.

Feedback summary

The consultation process sought to gather feedback on the draft proposal of the Bill Lawry Oval Redevelopment.

Some of the themes that came through via the comments received are listed below.

Theme

Response/ Information

Better Integration between BLO and Oldis Gardens


As part of the design competition we will ask interested architects to come up with design solutions that facilitate better integration between Bill Lawry Oval and Oldis gardens Consideration will be given to the building orientation, enhancing linkages, the streetscape and movement throughout the precinct a

Community Bookings at Bill Lawry Oval


We heard that designing flexible spaces so that the facilities within a new pavilion can cater for a wide range of community purposes is a great idea. As part of the redevelopment we will strive to ensure spaces are multi-purpose’ so they can be booked by the community for a variety of different activities like yoga classes, senior citizens activities, meetings, workshops. In creating a multipurpose community facility, we will provide much needed additional hireable space in the south of Darebin.

The future of the grandstand




To inform decision making about how we best invest in redeveloping the facilities at Bill Lawry Oval, we have sought further advice on the building’s structural condition and heritage advice. Taking into account all the information received, we intend to lodge a planning permit to demolish the grandstand. The planning permit process is governed by Council’s planning scheme, so there will be a further opportunity for community input in this statutory process.

Remove barbed wire fencing


We heard that the current perimeter fencing is uninviting and impacts on the amenity of the oval. In response to this feedback we will explore options to remove or redevelop the fencing through this project.

Parking


We understand that car parking is a concern for local residents and users of the precinct. At present, there are no plans to change car parking arrangements within the surrounding precinct. There are 20 unrestricted parking bays directly adjacent to Bill Lawry Oval on Westgarth Street. There are no current plans to change parking restrictions along this section of Westgarth Street


What is happening now

We have heard that the community shares our enthusiasm for the redevelopment of Bill Lawry Oval, and we are excited to move forward with the project!

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. Stay tuned for more information.

We will also be seeking expressions of interest from architects who may want to partner with Council to redevelop the facilities at Bill Lawry Oval. The scope of the project will not be finalised until the planning process has been completed and an architect will be engaged then.

Once we have a more detailed design, 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.


Additional information about Bill Lawry Oval

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.


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.

Council is exploring options for the redevelopment of the Bill Lawry Oval (BLO) pavilion and grandstand. Thanks for your feedback during our latest round of consultation! Over the last four weeks, we have carefully collected and considered all of the comments received and have sought further advice on the building’s structural condition and heritage advice which will inform the next steps of the project.


What’s happened so far

In 2018/19 Council received $500,000 as part of the State Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund to upgrade the facilities at Bill Lawry Oval.

In 2018/2019 State sporting organisations Cricket Victoria and AFL Vic both pledged $100,000 each towards the redevelopment.

In 2019/20 the outdated public amenities block was upgraded with new accessible amenities. Minor cosmetic upgrades to the southern changeroom block were made so the facility can continue to be used during the design process; a turf upgrade of the oval also took place.

Council allocated funds to develop the design for new or upgraded facilities at BLO in the 2020/21 financial year.

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.

Council sought feedback from community on the following draft proposal options 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.

Feedback summary

The consultation process sought to gather feedback on the draft proposal of the Bill Lawry Oval Redevelopment.

Some of the themes that came through via the comments received are listed below.

Theme

Response/ Information

Better Integration between BLO and Oldis Gardens


As part of the design competition we will ask interested architects to come up with design solutions that facilitate better integration between Bill Lawry Oval and Oldis gardens Consideration will be given to the building orientation, enhancing linkages, the streetscape and movement throughout the precinct a

Community Bookings at Bill Lawry Oval


We heard that designing flexible spaces so that the facilities within a new pavilion can cater for a wide range of community purposes is a great idea. As part of the redevelopment we will strive to ensure spaces are multi-purpose’ so they can be booked by the community for a variety of different activities like yoga classes, senior citizens activities, meetings, workshops. In creating a multipurpose community facility, we will provide much needed additional hireable space in the south of Darebin.

The future of the grandstand




To inform decision making about how we best invest in redeveloping the facilities at Bill Lawry Oval, we have sought further advice on the building’s structural condition and heritage advice. Taking into account all the information received, we intend to lodge a planning permit to demolish the grandstand. The planning permit process is governed by Council’s planning scheme, so there will be a further opportunity for community input in this statutory process.

Remove barbed wire fencing


We heard that the current perimeter fencing is uninviting and impacts on the amenity of the oval. In response to this feedback we will explore options to remove or redevelop the fencing through this project.

Parking


We understand that car parking is a concern for local residents and users of the precinct. At present, there are no plans to change car parking arrangements within the surrounding precinct. There are 20 unrestricted parking bays directly adjacent to Bill Lawry Oval on Westgarth Street. There are no current plans to change parking restrictions along this section of Westgarth Street


What is happening now

We have heard that the community shares our enthusiasm for the redevelopment of Bill Lawry Oval, and we are excited to move forward with the project!

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. Stay tuned for more information.

We will also be seeking expressions of interest from architects who may want to partner with Council to redevelop the facilities at Bill Lawry Oval. The scope of the project will not be finalised until the planning process has been completed and an architect will be engaged then.

Once we have a more detailed design, 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.


Additional information about Bill Lawry Oval

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.