Construction of the $26.7million Monash Tennis Centre in Glen Waverley has moved a step closer with the announcement that Mantric Architecture has been appointed to provide design consultancy services for the project.
Mantric Architecture has been responsible for the design of major sports and recreation projects including the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC) in Bentleigh East and the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South.
Mantric also has extensive experience in collaborating with councils and sporting organisations in the delivery of projects like the Duncan MacKinnon Sports Pavilion in Murrumbeena, the Bendigo Tennis Centre and the Tatterson Park Sports Pavilion in Keysborough.
The Glen Waverley Sports Hub design will include a regional level tennis and golf facility, golf practice facilities, public open space improvements, car parking and supporting infrastructure.
Another exciting aspect of the project will be the environmental sustainability opportunities to be incorporated within the design brief including water sensitive urban design, sustainably-sourced materials with high recycled content and reduced landfill as well as low energy lighting and appliances.
Monash Mayor Brian Little said Council was delighted to welcome Mantric Architecture on board and to see the project continuing to advance.
“We are thrilled to see this project moving further into the design phase,” Cr Little said. “An organisation involved with the vast experience of Mantric Architecture will greatly assist in its smooth delivery.
“This tennis centre is an exciting project for the community and will enhance what is an outstanding precinct for sports and recreation. Council will continue to consult with the local community on aspects of the project and looks forward to sharing the architect’s vision. We are eager to get things started and to deliver this top-class facility for the Monash community.”
Mantric Architecture’s project lead Lennard Carlier was also enthusiastic about his company’s role in the project.
“We’re excited to be appointed as the lead design consultants for the Glen Waverly Sports Hub, and we’re really looking forward to working with Council, the project stakeholders, and the local community to realise this important community project,” Mr Carlier said.
“This is a great opportunity to deliver what will be an engaging recreational space for the enjoyment of all visitors while respecting and preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the site.”
Last month Touch Projects was appointed to provide project management services. Touch Projects has overseen a number of major projects in Victoria, including the Maroondah Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Ringwood for the Maroondah City Council and the Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre for the City of Whittlesea.
It is expected that the design phase will continue until early-2022 with construction to commence in mid-2022 and that the centre will be ready for play in early-2024.
Council will continue to inform and consult with local residents as the design phase of the project progresses.