Perry Park Court © Katherine Griffiths/City of Sydney; Perry Park Court © Katherine Griffiths/City of Sydney;

Perry Park Recreation Centre, Sydney

Delivering cost-effective engineering solutions with challenging design parameters

Green Square, one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Australia, will be home to more than 61,000 people by 2030. The precinct, only 3.5km from Sydney’s CBD, is undergoing a major transformation, recently seeing the completion of the award winning Green Square Library and plaza and now the Perry Park Recreation Centre.

Arup collaborated closely with the client (the City of Sydney) and architect (Candalepas Associates) to achieve an economical design for two indoor and two outdoor multipurpose courts for basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton and futsal sports. The centre, also featuring a kiosk, staff administration area, change rooms and an external terrace, provides the local community with a space to meet and enjoy a healthy lifestyle in a comfortable environment - in any weather, every day of the week.

Room to grow with the community

Arup’s multidisciplinary approach kept future scalability in mind, creating a space that can accommodate a growing community and demand for sports facilities in the inner city. The future-proofed design allows for a synthetic field to be built by 2023 and ensures the outdoor courts can be converted to indoor courts in the coming years. In keeping with this approach, Arup’s electrical team delivered a design which could accommodate the future installation of solar panels, an option that has since been taken up by the client.   

Project Summary

4 new multipurpose courts

$12 million project

© Katherine Griffiths/City of Sydney

Keeping the noise down inside during a downpour

Arup’s acoustics team was tasked with developing a solution to minimise rain noise impacts and improve internal room acoustics which would integrate with the architectural design. They collaborated with Candalepas to ensure compliance with thermal insulation requirements, and with the contractor on a suitable finish for the roof build-up. The result is an acoustically simple, yet elegant, roof design.

Perry Park provides the community with a warm and inviting multipurpose facility. Arup’s multidisciplinary approach to design and total architecture philosophy was central to creating this wonderful amenity with a keen eye on value for money. ”

Pedro Alfonso head shot Pedro Afonso Senior Hydraulic and Fire Services Engineer

Reclaiming city space for sport and recreation

Over its lifetime Perry Park has been used as a market garden, rubbish tip and as light industrial land - creating challenging conditions for building foundations. 

Arup employed sophisticated structural and civil investigations and analysis techniques to devise solutions with Candalepas Associates to ensure the building would be supported safely and economically. The design was enabled through careful consideration, from simplifying piling systems in poor foundations, to refined selection and detailing of the structural frame. We also provided building services and building physics to enable a high-performance, naturally ventilated and lit space.


Image at top © City of Sydney