The former home of the Collingwood Football Club has been returned to the public and opened up to the streets of Abbotsford.
The objective of the Victoria Park Oval Master Plan initiated by the City of Yarra is to transform the former home of the Collingwood Football Club into a community place that caters for both current sport scheduling, and as a venue of passive and active events for the local and wider community.
This considered transformation of elements and facilities essential to the cultural heritage of the site, retain the essential feel of a once feared arena, whilst overlaying a new agenda.
Refined and enlivened entrances from key approaches link into a circuitous path that reinstates movement around the perimeter of the ground. The former seating bays of the Rush Terraces are transformed into sheltered gathering points encompassed by a boulevard of trees that reflect the existing shape of the removed stand. The remaining areas are upgraded to allow both informal and safe use.
City of Yarra
Master plan, concept design and design development
Lulie Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
ASPECT Studios, AECOM, Lovell Chen, Simpsons Construction, Duke Albada, Andrew Hunt, Futago, Eliza Greenhatch and Partners
2012 AILA Victoria Awards – Design
2012 Parks and Leisure Australia National Awards of Excellence – Parks
2012 Parks and Leisure Australia VIC/TAS Awards of Excellence – Parks