The Village Green will be transformed into a brand-new world-class sport and leisure environment with facilities for playing multiple sports, exercising, socialising and relaxing on campus in a fresh, new way.
The vision for the Village Green is to transform the Kensington campus’s largest open space from an underutilised outdoor space to a vibrant and connected place that provides inclusive and exceptional sporting, recreational, social and wellness opportunities where students, staff and the community can come together to play, exercise, socialise and relax.
For students, the Village Green will provide an enhanced and vibrant experience. There will be increased opportunities for social and competitive student sport and activities. The new space will provide multi-purpose facilities and contribute to enabling the UNSW Sport Strategy delivering on inclusivity and diversity with a focus on wellbeing and sustainability.
The multi-purpose synthetic pitch will be all-weather, all-year round and cater for a broader range of sports, as well as providing all aspects of wellness including recreational sport, social interactions, fitness, and contemplation.
Another important aspect of this project is the sustainability benefit the project will deliver with the upgrade of the below ground stormwater infiltration tank. The Village Green is an essential part of the campus stormwater and infiltration system. Aligned with UNSW’s Environmental Sustainability Plan 2019-2021, a new tank will be installed to capture campus stormwater underground, contribute to recharging the Botany Aquifer, and in doing so provide a substantial source of sustainable water supply on campus. Together with the multi-purpose pitch the redevelopment will reduce water usage on the site.
PROJECTED TIMELINE OF WORKS
Works commenced: June 2021
Expected completion: From September 2022
The Village Green redevelopment will feature:
- Multi-purpose synthetic football field to FIFA and World Rugby accreditation standard
- Multi-purpose courts for netball, basketball, and futsal
- 500m walking and running track
- Outdoor fitness equipment
- Seated viewing grandstand and electronic scoreboard
- Sports and recreational lighting
- Landscaped social spaces including urban farm and public art opportunities
- Futureproofing for additional activities and amenities including food and beverage
- Below ground stormwater infiltration tank.