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WCE Lathlain Precinct Redevelopment Project

Completion year 2019

Key People

Alasdair MacKerron

Senior Structural Project Engineer, Principal

Liliana Mironov

UPD Section Manager, Electrical Project Engineer, Principal

Travis Demeza

Civil Project Engineer

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The relocation and establishment of West Coast Eagles’ (WCE) training facility at Lathlain Park represents a significant milestone in the club’s 80-year history in Subiaco. The bespoke, world-class, four-storey structure includes training and rehabilitation spaces, gyms, lap pool and hydrotherapy pool as well as offices, community, function space, club museum and offices for the Wirrpanda Foundation. The internal training space allows practice kicks within the 13m high and 65m corner-to-corner field.

The deceptive simplicity of the feature ‘eagle-wing’ roof atop the multi-functional internal areas dictated the complex geometry of the framing process. Large cantilevers surround the building and facilitate a dramatic entry experience. We worked closely with the architect, sharing 3D modelling to facilitate a rational structural grid which enables future expansion of the 200m long structure.

The building takes advantage of site topography to minimise perceived mass of the facility from its residential locale. Through the use of undercrofts, podia, stepped facades and an overhanging roof, it also maintains an impressive aesthetic from the ovals. The site is constrained by existing buildings, so the structure was carefully positioned to minimise impact on the environs and 200 new trees were planted to replace the 94 mainly young or dying trees removed prior to construction. WGE assisted the client throughout the local consultation process.

Duplicating first-rate pitches at Optus Stadium and the MCG, the two ovals required early attention within a tight programme to ensure sufficient time for turf growth and establishment. WGE’s structural and civil teams liaised with the architect, landscape architect, pitch specialist and Perth Football Club to determine the correct levels, enabling documentation to be produced within three weeks.

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