Barden Park Athletics Centre

Client: Dubbo City Council

Project: Barden Park Regional Centre of Excellence for Athletics

Description: New athletics facility, including 400m synthetic running track and field event surfaces, 600-seat grandstand with undercover seating, training and administration rooms, change rooms, storage facilities, a solar power system, ground fencing and car parking

Barnson’s Role: Architectural design and drafting

Time frame: The facility was officially opened in November 2014

The Barnson team was a key partner with Dubbo City Council in developing an international-standard athletics facility in North Dubbo, which is the biggest of its kind west of the Blue Mountains.

Barnson won the tender to design the $5.7 million Barden Park Regional Centre of Excellence for Athletics in north Dubbo, which Dubbo City Council believes will contribute $4.5 million in gross regional product.

The project received $3.5 million from the Regional Development Australia Fund and includes:

  • an eight-lane, 400m synthetic track suitable for all track disciplines including steeple chase
  • a 10-lane extended front straight suitable for 110m hurdle events
  • six synthetic runway tracks with convertible pits for sand or mats to  accommodate, long jump, triple jump and pole vault events
  • two international-standard throwing cages for discus and hammer throw
  • four shot put circles
  • extended synthetic ‘D’ at southern end for high jump and javelin events
  • synthetic javelin runway at northern end
  • food lighting (200 lux) for night events
  • extensive grassed warm-up area.

Construction was completed in 2014, giving Dubbo the opportunity to host more regional and national-standard events. It is also expected to provide greater educational opportunities for sport-based vocational studies and bring a new focus on health and fitness for Dubbo residents.

Barnson developed the architectural design of the grandstand, while working with Arup to develop the master plan for the whole facility, including the track and field layout and preliminary structural and civil designs.

The aim of the project was to create a facility that could catere for NSW Country Championships competitions and national-level masters athletics events. At the same, it had to provide undercover spectator seating and all-weather synthetic track and field surfaces to meet the International Association of Athletics Federation standards. Meeting these standards meant some modifications had to be made to the size and style of the grandstand facility .

Beneath the grandstand there is a multi-purpose space for training and administration, as well as bunk style accommodation, a modern canteen that complies with today’s standards, plus change rooms,  amenities and a secure storage area.