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Tenders appointed as Heffron Centre set to commence construction

Construction on a $58M community sporting complex in Maroubra will commence shortly after Randwick City Council last night, 3 August 2021, appointed a builder and centre operator.

Randwick City Councillors resolved to appoint one of Australia’s most established and reputable construction companies, ADCO Constructions (ADCO), as the head contractor to build the landmark sporting complex which includes an indoor sports centre, gymnastics centre and new home for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

ADCO won the tender from a competitive field of organisations shortlisted through a public Expressions of Interest process.

ADCO is a top 100 private company in Australia having delivered over 3,500 projects valued in excess of $14 billion over the past 50 years. They are market leaders in sporting, centres of excellence, community, and leisure and aquatic developments.

Key ADCO projects currently under construction in Sydney include Brookvale Oval Redevelopment on the Northern Beaches and the Redevelopment of Concord Oval in the Inner West. Randwick City Councillors also resolved to enter into a 10-year lease to manage the indoor sports and gymnastics centre with Belgravia Health and Leisure Group.

Belgravia has over 20 years of experience managing sports leisure centres and currently operates 190 facilities across Australia and New Zealand employing over 4,000 people. Belgravia is a member of gymnastics Australia and NSW gymnastics and have extensive experience and key personnel including a former head of Gymnastics Australia.

In 2019 Belgravia won the Strategic Planning award at the PLA National Conference for its Access and Inclusion Strategic Plan and are looking to activate award-winning programs at the Centre.

Councillors considered their tender submission had demonstrated an ability to provide the most substantial program of diverse sporting activities for people in our community of all ages and skill levels.

Randwick Mayor Danny Said commended the Council staff on the robust procurement process undertaken, “This is a landmark moment in the development of new high-quality community sporting facilities in Heffron Park.

“As part of the Our Community Our Future program, Council committed to building modern indoor sports facilities on Heffron Park. Infrastructure only comes to life through its operations. To ensure the community is supported into the future by an operator that can cater to all ages and skill levels, the procurement process was one of the most detailed and extensive ever undertaken in the Council’s history.

“The new sporting complex will feature an indoor sports centre, gymnastics centre and new home for the South Sydney Rabbitohs who will move their headquarters and Souths Cares community outreach work from their spiritual home of Redfern into their south-east supporter heartland of Randwick City by the end of 2022.

“It is funded by Souths and all three levels of Government and has been seven years in planning. It will deliver more than 200 jobs during construction and more than 60 ongoing jobs through the operation of the facility.

“It will be a true community sporting facility for the whole community and provides Souths with the opportunity to expand their Souths Cares community outreach work with our local schools and young people,” says the Mayor.

“The evaluation of the tenders was undertaken by an evaluation committee comprised of specialist Council staff, independent governance experts and a probity advisor. In addition, an independent cost-benefit analysis was undertaken comparing Council running the centre with outsourcing,” says Mayor Danny Said.

The Heffron Centre Community High Performance Centre for the Rabbitohs includes dedicated administration and operational areas, high performance training areas, player amenities, recovery zones including aquatic recovery, physiotherapy and medical, lecture theatre and classroom and a merchandise shop.

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The state of the art community gymnastic facility will cater to all skill levels from beginner to elite athlete and will be able to operate 7 days a week up to 10 pm. An extensive gymnastics program will be on offer including kindigym, gym fun and gym skills programs, team gym, womens and mens competitive squads and artistic gymnastics programs.

The indoor sports centre will also operate 7 days a week up to 10 pm with two multi-purpose sports halls to accommodate sports such as netball, basketball, badminton, volleyball and futsal.

Construction is anticipated to commence in the coming weeks, with completion anticipated in late 2022.