Junction Oval, St Kilda
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March 2017 Project Update
FIELD OF PLAY WORKS COMPLETION MARKS A MAJOR MILESTONE FOR THE PROJECT
On 14 March 2017, the Minister for Sport, John Eren MP and Member for Albert Park, Martin Foley MP visited the Junction Oval site along with Cricket Victoria's Chairman Russell Thomas and Chief Executive Tony Dodemaide and players Peter Siddle and Kristen Beams. The visit recognised the completion of the field of play works including the renovated oval and practice wickets at the northern and southern end. The completion of these works is a major milestone for the project and a culmination of extensive work by the project team to deliver a first class oval and practice facilities. The oval and wicket blocks will now undergo continued maintenance to ensure their readiness for use during the 2017/18 cricket season.
On the eastern side (Queens Road side) of the oval, the Contractor is finalising the concrete upstand around the oval to allow for the construction of the perimeter pathway which will enable spectators to circulate around the oval. Works will commence shortly on the retaining wall on the outside of this perimeter pathway on the eastern side of the oval to enable the soil mounds to be shaped for the grassed spectator seating berms. These spectator berms will provide an impressive outlook onto the field and play and be an inviting and relaxed environment for families to watch the cricket.
At the northern end (City end) of the site, works are progressing well on the main building. The roof structure to the basement level has been laid to provide the platform for the main entry to the building. Cricket Victoria, Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades staff visited the site during the week to get an appreciation of the scale of the work that is happening to their future home.
The project will also make improvements to the site's heritage assets. Internal works are continuing on the historic Blackie Ironmonger stand which will house new St Kilda Cricket Club and community changerooms. Further external works to the grandstand as well as the adjacent Kevin Murray grandstand will occur later this year.
Work will continue on site during the period of the Grand Prix. The Contractor has been liaising closely with the Grand Prix Corporation on its proposed activities and site access during this period.
Further enquiries on the project can be directed to Ryan Czarnecki, Waypoint, firstname.lastname@example.org