The Community Sport and Recreation Facility Development Guide is designed to help those looking to build or develop a community aquatic and/or indoor sports facility. It builds on the National Sporting Facilities Framework.
The guide focuses on the affordability and whole-of-life financial sustainability of multi-sports centres that can meet a range of community needs, while complying with best practice and the required standards.
It includes reference facility designs, a step-by-step process and supporting information, for the six stages of the best-practice facility lifecycle:
Stage 1: Concept
The three steps in the concept stage – project scoping, needs assessment and feasibility – that are your best insurance against poor investment.
Stage 2: Plan
The steps in the detailed planning phase of a project that takes place once the need for a sports facility and its components are agreed, the business case has been developed and a suitable location has been selected.
Stage 3: Design
The five key design phases that all building projects go through to convert expectations in to reality.
Stage 4: Build
The build (construction) stage of a project, from activity starting on site through to the project starting its operational life.
Stage 5: Operate
Guidance on management and operational practices that are essential to ensure a quality experience for those who use the facility and the long-term protection of a valuable community asset.
Stage 6: Improve
Guidance on how to measure the performance of a facility once it has been operating for a period of time, and the importance of sharing learnings for improved decision-making for future projects.