November 27, 2017

Project | Centennial Park Sporting Precinct, Albany WA

In 2013, the City of Albany engaged Rawlinsons (W.A.) in full quantity surveying services, to ensure the new Centennial Park Sporting Precinct Master Plan, with a total project cost of $42 million, was delivered on budget. The Contract was administered under Contract Conditions AS2124 (1992).

The Centennial Park Sporting Precinct (CPSP) comprises of 68 hectares of sporting and recreational reserve, redeveloped in a multi-stage project, funded from a variety of government and NGOs. CPSP caters for diverse sports and leisure groups including AFL football, soccer, hockey, cricket, athletics, aquatics, netball, basketball, and passive recreation.

Photo credit City of Albany

The Master Plan was prepared by setting and achieving a series of milestones; Initiation, Scheme Development, Schematic Design, Design Development, Contract Documentation, Tender Packaging, Post Tender Evaluation, Construction Packaging, Construction Phase. 

The full CPSP Master Plan and its accompanying documents formed the foundation data from which the whole team developed the documentation and the staged implementation strategy. With our heavy involvement and close collaboration with the Client and various Consultants from the initial stages of Schematic Design, we were able to provide the Client with the following deliverables:

- Maximise value for money out of the finished product

- Minimise the City’s exposure to financial risk

- Managing project cost and time overruns

- Achieving the project sustainability objectives within the project   budget

- Whole-of-life asset planning and management

By identifying costs and benefits of incorporating an appropriate level of sustainable elements into projects by way of simple, cost-effective solutions, the team was able to promote the objectives of energy and water efficiencies, waste minimisation and use of ecologically sustainable materials and construction practices.

To meet budget constraints, we adopted alternative procurement approach which departs from the original brief requirements. The project was budgeted and procured in different stages which provided the Client with funding flexibility. We identified areas of uneconomic or unnecessary over-design and reasons for budget blow-outs, and recommended potential remedies and savings with the use of alternative cost efficient materials and suitable Contract Conditions whilst maintaining the design integrity. During Bill of Quantities documentation, we highlighted areas which lacked adequate design documentation and discrepancies found in drawing details within and between trades and services, to minimise potential problems and variations during construction. We liaised closely with other consultants to advice on cost implications of design solutions and review the validity of estimates provided by other consultants, particularly services consultants to maintain the project budget.

Many of the stages, including the redevelopment of the playing fields, construction of a soccer/cricket pavilion, construction of a premier Australian Rules Football stadium building and high quality sports lighting have been completed and the venue is a popular community centre for the district and beyond.

The City of Albany has arguably achieved its objective of achieving in the redevelopment of CPSP, a pre-eminent sports precinct with world class and cutting edge playing surfaces and support facilities for a range of passive and active activities. 

Written by
Kirsty Maxted for Rawlinsons