APP has been appointed to project manage the NSWRL’s Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park, following the deliveries of other sporting facilities including the new Noble Bradman and Messenger Stands at the SCG and the overlay for the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup,
NSWRL CEO Dave Trodden said it was an exciting step towards the start of work on the $20 million Home of the Blues, which will provide a pathway for emerging talent from junior representative sides through to the NSW Blues State of Origin team.
While the Centre of Excellence is not expected to be completed until late 2017, the NSWRL will move next month from Rugby League Central at Moore Park to an interim office at Sydney Olympic Park, close to where work will soon begin on the Centre of Excellence.
“The Centre of Excellence is a game-changer for New South Wales Rugby League and we are very pleased to have APP Corporation managing such a significant project that sets our game up for long-term success at all levels,” Trodden said.
“The sporting facilities and other projects they have been involved with speak for themselves and we look forward to APP applying their world-class expertise to our Centre of Excellence.”
APP has 26 years’ experience in providing consulting services to the property and infrastructure industries throughout Australia, as well as the management and delivery of projects for private and public sector clients.
APP’s Project Director Ron Aquilina is committed to delivering a world-class facility for NSW Rugby League.
“We recognise that this facility is more than just bricks and mortar,” he said.
“It will be a new home base for Rugby League in NSW that will provide great benefits for the entire NSW Rugby League community. We are absolutely thrilled to be involved in this exciting project.”
Trodden said the Centre of Excellence will include a full-size training field between the Athletic Centre and ANZ Stadium, and a new building for specialised support facilities and the offices of the NSWRL.
The facility will also adjoin a tunnel providing direct access to ANZ Stadium – originally built to transfer track and field athletes during the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
“The benefits will extend to everyone in the NSW Rugby League family,” said Trodden.
“Our junior players, Indigenous and women’s teams and referees will all have use of the facility and, at times, the other specialist sports grounds in the precinct.”