Tender awarded for Chichester Park redevelopment
Joondalup Council has appointed Geared Construction Pty Ltd to undertake the redevelopment of Woodvale’s Chichester Park.
The $5.6 million project will include a new Community Sporting Facility, which will feature changerooms that better cater for the increasing number of female users, an umpires’ room, first aid and meeting rooms, toilets, a kitchen, storage areas and a covered verandah.
More parking bays, a new barbecue/picnic area and underground drainage for the southern playing field will also form part of the project.
Almost 30 years old, the existing clubroom facility no longer meets the needs of its 1,300 registered users.
Issues include the small size and condition of the meeting room and kitchen, limited storage space and drainage problems on the southern playing field.
The City received $400,000 through the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) towards the overall project cost. An extra $1,243,426 will be listed for consideration in the City’s 2022/23 Capital Works program.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said ground would likely be broken on the project in early 2022 and the tender provided the best value for money for ratepayers.
“The facilities at Chichester Park are in dire need of an overhaul,” he said.
“Our Council has made the decision to forge ahead. We cannot delay this project for 12 months, or longer, in the hope the construction market steadies and prices come down.
“This redevelopment will not only service the needs of users groups but also that of the wider community.”
Chichester Park is one of eight district parks in the City and is currently home to five sporting clubs, they are:
- Kingsley Westside Soccer Club
- Woodvale FC (soccer)
- WA Christian Football Association (soccer)
- Kingsley Woodvale Junior Cricket Club
- Kingsley Woodvale Cricket.
The sporting fields and majority of the park will be unaffected by the construction works. The existing clubroom facility and parts of the car park will be unavailable during construction.
The City has previously completed several community sporting facility developments of this type at Seacrest Park, Sorrento; Forrest Park, Padbury; Bramston Park, Burns Beach; and Penistone Park, Greenwood.