Architect: ARM Architecture
Blacktown City Council engaged Hawkridge Entertainment Services to perform the role of Strategic Advisor for the International Centre for Training Excellence (ICTE) Project at Blacktown International Sports Park.
Blacktown International Sportspark (BISP)
BISP’s founding legacy is from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The facilities for baseball, softball and athletics used for the Games added to the existing local sports fields and facilities. In the period since the Games, the Sportspark grew in size due to more commitments by other sporting bodies/teams. These include the training and playing facilities for AFL NSW/ACT and Cricket NSW and Blacktown Football Park.
Following a review, Blacktown Council amended the master plan to join the existing facilities and plan for the growth in the next 10 years. This will occur through the improvement of the current facilities and the development of the site into a significant sporting centre. The centre will host international, national, state and local sports organisations and clubs.
As part of the development of thinking on the future of the BISP, Council recognised the opportunity to develop a world class training centre using the latest technologies. The core use of the ICTE will support sub-elite athletes across a variety of sports. These include sports currently using the BISP as well as external sports. The focus will be across sporting activity, rather than focused on a single sport. It is also recognised that many complementary and non-core uses may also occur within and/or immediately adjacent. These uses may include:
- small scale retail (e.g. café);
- an allied health organisation (medical imaging, physiotherapy etc.); and
- insurance organisations seeking access to use the advanced facilities for accelerated rehabilitation services.
Council also hopes to attract interest from a Higher Education institution who may become a significant user of the ICTE.