The Campus, spread across the Allan Border Field (ABF) precinct in Albion and Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club (Norths) in Kalinga, is a fully funded partnership between the Australian Government, CA, QC, Norths, the State Government and Brisbane City Council.
Once complete, the project will align the Bupa National Cricket Centre and ABF as a world-class playing and training venue, and Norths as an additional preparation and community cricket hub for elite, youth and club cricketers.
Leading Queensland construction company Hutchinson Builders has been awarded the building contract for Stages A and B of the Campus, which will include the development of Shaw Road at Northern Suburbs with site possession from May 8. The development at Norths is set to have benefits for not only cricket, but the wider North Brisbane community through improved public facilities and green space.
The Norths developments will include:
- 16 turf practice nets and wickets.
- Earthworks, turf installation and wicket block construction on Ian Healy Oval, Geoff Dymock Oval and Allan Pettigrew Oval.
- Construction of a state-of-the-art cricket pavilion catering for male and female players.
- Lighting to the Shaw Road main oval and training areas.
- Increased car parking.
Image: The Norths Pavilion at Shaw Road
It is expected the development will allow for a further 20 community cricket teams to gain access to Shaw Road on top of the 40 that currently use the facility. Construction of the pavilion and the upgrade of Ian Healy Oval are set to be completed by late October 2020 with the remainder of works by early January 2021.
The ABF redevelopment will follow work done at Northern Suburbs and will see practice facilities, grounds and amenities upgraded to complement the indoor Bupa National Cricket Centre that was opened in 2013.
The already budgeted $18.3 million project is set to deliver a range of benefits to Queensland and Australian communities, from an economic boost via the creation of more than 300 jobs, to cricket participation growth and community engagement through the development of facilities at Norths, and the improved performance of state and national elite players and teams.
Image (L-R): Meg Lanning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Member for Brisbane Trevor and Tim Paine announce National Cricket Campus funding in 2019
Commenting on the latest Campus news, QC Chief Executive Officer Terry Svenson said:
“Today's National Cricket Campus update is a significant step that gets us closer to building the world’s best cricket training facility in Brisbane. Having a building contractor in place and construction date set brings us greater clarity on the community and cricket outcomes we want the project to achieve and the time frames in which they will be delivered.
“Once complete, the Campus is going to positively impact all cricketers from Australian teams preparing for a World Cup, to community cricket teams who will have access to some of the best facilities in the country.
“A project of this significance does not get to this stage without the advocacy of several parties, and I’d like to pay special thanks to our funding partners including our Federal Member for Brisbane Trevor Evans, Queensland Sports Minister Mick de Brenni and Councillor Adam Allan who have all been great supporters of the Campus.
“We hope the development of the Campus can play an important role in stimulating the economy through the creation of jobs during what is a challenging time for many Australians, and can also bring our communities together through upgraded public facilities and our country’s love of cricket.”
Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of High Performance Drew Ginn:
“Brisbane has long-been Cricket Australia’s headquarters for our elite teams, players and coaches, and the development of the National Cricket Campus will cement this status.
“The upgrades at Norths and Allan Border Field will complement our current world-class facilities at the Bupa National Cricket Centre and will help Cricket Australia prepare our teams to take on the world’s best and allow us to develop and identify the next generation of cricket stars.
“It is exciting to see construction commence on a project that is going to have such a great benefit for cricket in this country. Thank you to all our partners in helping us get to this point.”
Federal Member for Brisbane, Trevor Evans MP:
“The National Cricket Campus is an exciting project that cements Brisbane’s place at the heart of cricket in Australia.
“It is fantastic to see the next phase of this project commence, which when completed will be an incredibly valuable asset for cricket players and fans alike, as well as the broader local community.
“The Morrison Government and myself are proud to have been long-time supporters of this world-class project.”
Image: QLD Sports Minister Mick de Brenni and QLD CEO Terry Svenson
Queensland Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni:
Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said that Queensland is proud to produce so many sporting greats, and the Sunshine State is the perfect place to base the National Cricket Campus.
“The return of Cricket will be made so much better with the construction of the new campus. In the meantime, it’s great to see Hutchies and their team of 300 tradies padding up to play a role in cementing Queensland’s reputation as the national centre of excellence for cricket.
“Across the two sites in Albion and Shaw Park, we’ll see the best coaches, sports scientists and administrators in the nation working together to develop the talent that will ensure Australia remains a force to be reckoned with on the world stage.”
Mr de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government’s partnership with cricket was also supporting jobs for Queenslanders at The Gabba.
“Work is already underway on the $35 million refurbishment of this iconic venue and it’s on track to be completed in time for the T20 Men’s World Cup.
“I, for one, hope that it will be safe enough to watch Australia dominate the competition later this year, just like our women’s team did earlier in the year.”
Councillor Adam Allan, Brisbane City Council Northgate Ward:
“I am delighted to see this project progressing to construction. It will be a wonderful facility for the advancement of cricket and will benefit the wider community.
"Shaw Park is the pre-eminent sporting facility in the area and this facility will further enhance that reputation. Brisbane City Council is proud to support this project.”
Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club President, Paul Keller:
“Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club are humbled that the long-awaited development of facilities at Shaw Road will begin in early May 2020 as Stages A & B of the National Cricket Campus project.
“The commitment of the Australian Government, Cricket Australia, Queensland Cricket, State and Local governments in progressing this important infrastructure project during these difficult times is to be applauded. The benefit to the economy and local community and the positive messages it sends cannot be underestimated.
“The development of the Shaw Road facilities as part of the National Cricket Campus will allow our over 800 junior and senior members to have access to new change rooms, toilets and world-class facilities, and Norths is proud to partner with CA and QC to live cricket’s purpose of uniting and inspiring our communities through cricket."
“As Australia’s largest family owned builder, Hutchies is proud to be working with Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket on Brisbane’s new National Cricket Campus – a vital community asset that will be home to Australia’s future generations of proud cricket players and fans,” Greg Quinn - Managing Director.
“Hutchinson Builders has sports in its DNA – over our long history, we’ve been involved in a number of advanced training facilities – including recently completing the new high performance training centre for the Brisbane Broncos at Red Hill.
“We respect how much projects like the National Cricket Campus contribute long term to communities, and we’re honoured to be involved in its evolution. This will be the ground where some of the world’s best players are trained and developed into future international cricket stars,” Russell Ryer – Team Leader.
“During construction we expect hundreds of jobs will be secured through this project and within the community. Over coming weeks, we will be getting the site ready to kick off construction. Hutchies will work closely with the community throughout the project to keep everyone informed and minimise any disruption during the works.” Michael White – Project Manager.