Client: Shire of York
York Recreation and Convention Centre represents an all encompassing community sporting precinct that caters for local residents of all ages on a daily basis, whilst also accommodating special community events. The Centre takes pride of place at the historical Forrest Oval and provides a social centre to suit the members and patrons of co-located sports including football, cricket, tennis, bowls, netball, gymnasium and hockey, whilst also providing a District Centre for conventions, events, parties and weddings.
The location of the building on the site was determined by the re-aligned football oval, the proposed tennis courts and bowling rinks, which now form part of the overall complex.
The Centre has been divided into two independent and yet co-existing buildings. One building offers self sustained facilities for local sporting and user groups, while the other, to the north of the Centre, provides hospitality facilities and caters for special events.
The Centre also demonstrates the Shire of York’s commitment to building high quality, well planned facilities, based on environmentally sustainable design principles working to minimise lifecycle costs of the building. The use of passive solar design principles, natural ventilation, carefully considered building orientation and planning, selection of thermally efficient materials, solar hot water units and low Volatile Organic Compounds, all contribute to a highly sustainable building with low impact on the environment.
The Centre sits proud in its setting and forms a part of a well functioning sporting complex which serves the local and surrounding communities. Completing the project on time, within budget and meeting the client’s needs in terms of functionality, social, cultural and environmental responsibilities, whilst inspiring community pride.