Carine Regional Open Space sports facility

Sport and entertainment

  • Project

    Sport and recreation facility

  • Services

    Strategic review, brief development and conceptual design

  • Location

    Carine, WA

  • Client

    City of Stirling

  • Date


Cameron Chisholm Nicol won a competitive tender for the redevelopment of the sports facilities at Carine Regional Open Space. The project provides recreational, sporting, social, environmental and tourism opportunities for a catchment of residents within a 2.5km radius.

The brief called for a strategic review of the playing areas and an assessment, within the masterplan, of the suitability of the current facilities alongside opportunities for developing new ones. Cameron Chisholm Nicol liaised closely with the City of Stirling to review and develop the brief, investigate several options within a business case and then prepare a conceptual design of the recommended option.

The facility is used by six sporting clubs (soccer, AFL, baseball, t-ball, Little Athletics and a dog club). With the two football codes having both junior and senior clubs it was necessary to design flexible function spaces, and a servery that could be simultaneously used whilst giving bar access to only one area. The servery and toilets can service internal and external patrons, but can be closed off as required for security.

Issues addressed included: functional and hierarchical needs; sustainability; flexibility of use; co-location of the sporting organisations; the redevelopment of existing infrastructure; provision of storage; relationship to and effect on playing fields; serviceability; maintenance; and vandalism, security and passive surveillance.

Our vision for a welcoming and contemporary light-filled building, with flexible spaces and outlooks to all playing fields, is robust and represents good value for money.