Gungahlin Oval Grandstand

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Gungahlin, Canberra ACT
ACT Territory & Municipal Services
Sporting Facility, Public

Gungahlin Oval is located in north Canberra within the ACT. The Gungahlin Oval Grandstand plays host to a range of community activities through a multi-purpose design. The ground caters to a range of sports including rugby and soccer bringing the sports and events communities together on the site. The grandstand set a new benchmark for district sports facilities within the territory.

The grandstand required seating for 1000+ spectators. The venue has a seating capacity of 1,150 people and an overall capacity of 5,000. The pavilion buildings required ease of access and circulation with house facilities such as player change rooms, public toilets, function room, canteen, first aid and other supportive uses.

The grandstand is an expression of economy and structural simplicity. The building frames the Crinigan Circuit streetscape and is a distinct landmark within the Gungahlin landscape with its strong wedge-shaped form rising up from the sport ground. Visitors filter into the ground by passing through the openings formed by structural modules of the pavilion roof.

The thin grandstand roof hovers above the spectator bleacher seating. The weighty concrete architecture is punctured with louvres to provide filtered light and natural ventilation into the change  rooms and supportive spaces housed under the seating.

Gungahlin Oval is the home ground for home ground for Gungahlin United, Gungahlin Jets, Gungahlin Bulls and Gungahlin Eagles. This facility can now accommodate a myriad of uses including; athletics, baseball, cricket, football and rugby to name a few, as well as hosting school sporting events.

Tom Roe

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