Building a sports complex is a worthwhile endeavour whether it’s for the local community, regional university, school, or professional sports club. If you are contemplating the construction of a new facility, here are ten things you need to consider before investing time and money into the process and ensure that your project runs smoothly.
1. What’s the intended purpose of your sports complex?
You need to know the type of sports and the level of activities that will be played at the facility. For example, the surface requirements for a secondary school will be different to those for a university and different again for a community sports club or a professional club.
2. Where will the complex be located?
It is important to determine not only the site where the complex will be constructed, but also the specific location on the site it will be built. This is crucial as it takes into consideration factors such as access to parking from transport, foot traffic, power, plumbing, sewerage and more. Hence, it’s important to have some flexibility on the exact location of the sports complex so that everything is arranged optimally.
3. What’s the best orientation for the sports complex?
Orientation is an important factor, which is why there are set standards for each type of sporting activity. For example, it’s recommended in Australia that the orientation of football fields is between 20 degrees west of north and 35 degrees east of north, whilst other sports may require slightly different orientations.
4. What are the local and state regulations for sports complexes?
Every state and local council will have specific regulations that govern how and where you can build a sports complex. Your contractor will help you through this process, but it can take some time to obtain planning permission, particularly if you haven’t done your homework.
5. What are your deadlines?
Do you have any activities or competitions that need to use the sports complex in the near future? Take a good look at the next 12-month sports schedule and decide if you need the complex built by a set date, for example the beginning of the school year, or the start of a seasonal sports date.
6. Is the drainage for the site up to par?
Even though you might be installing synthetic turf, you still need good drainage on the site. It’s often best to consult a soil specialist to assess the drainage of the proposed site before making your final decision.
7. What type of lighting do you need?
Most people play sports during the evening, so some type of lighting is essential. LED lighting is one of the most economical and environmentally friendly sources of outdoor lighting, just be sure to contact a lighting specialist so that all angles are covered.
8. Do you need additional parking?
If you are building a new sports complex will that attract more players and spectators? If so, do you need additional parking in the vicinity or are there already sufficient resources?
9. What type of turf will you lay?
Our Australian Made artificial turf manufactured in the APT Asia Pacific ISO 9001:2015 factory in Dandenong South is designed for a range of uses and is perfect for sports complexes. You save on water, mowing, fertilising and line marking, as well as benefiting from durability and increased performance with synthetic turf.
10. Who’s the best contractor for the job?
Polytan designs and constructs sports complexes all over the world. These complexes are designed specifically for each client, including the location and site, as well as the activities that will be played and the level of the players.
For more information on Polytan’s sports facility design and construction capabilities, call our Head Office on 1800 663 812 or send us an email enquiry.