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Builder selected for $150M La Trobe Uni sports park

A contractor has been selected for phase two of La Trobe University’s $150 million sports park at its Bundoora Campus, which is expected to create 650 new jobs.

ADCO Constructions has been awarded a $50 million design and construction tender for the project, which involves building sports focused teaching spaces, research laboratories, commercial office spaces, six multi-purpose indoor courts and a plaza with incorporated landscaping.

Works on the project began in December and are expected to be completed by late 2019.

Baynule Council has also invested $5 million into the construction, partnering with the university to create a long-term partnership.

ADCO CEO Neil Harding said that the construction company’s role on a project of this scale at La Trobe indicates strength in both the education and sporting sector in Victoria and nationwide.

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“In the last year we have undertaken or completed five other education and sports builds in Victoria, further solidifying ADCO’s name as builder of choice for our clients in these sectors,’ he said.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded this project for La Trobe University.”

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Russ Hoye said the second phase – built by ADCO and designed by Warren and Mahoney – will include a new research and teaching building and an indoor stadium, complete with six, multi-purpose highball courts.

“With its vibrant new research and teaching spaces, phase two of our Sports Park will support the University’s strengths in areas such as sports and exercise science, sports analytics, sports management and sports nutrition,” Hoye said.

La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said this new development marks an important milestone in this major project.

“Once the second phase is complete, our dynamic new Sports Park will offer a significant sporting hub for up to 10,000 visitors per week including community members, La Trobe students and staff, and new and existing sport organisations,” Dewar said.