106 Architects is an award-winning community and sport-specialist architecture and design practice dedicated to connecting and strengthening communities across Australia and New Zealand. Led by Olympian and Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist Dion Gosling, the 106 Architects team have all the skills and capability required to help you take your project from concept to final occupation.
At 106 Architects, we live for sports, leisure, and community facilities – having been focused and immersed in fields, courts, tracks, jumps, indoor and outdoor play spaces – sport infrastructure – all our life. We are currently working on a range of quality sports- and education-related community facilities across Australia and New Zealand providing sports-specialist design and technical knowledge.
Our track record and experience covers multiple codes and sports, across a wide range of projects – from park amenities to regional stadia; elite high performance training and competition venues, regional indoor arena, to local, community facilities and sportsfields.
Dion Gosling, as Director of 106 Architects, has an innate understanding of the subtleties and technical requirements of outdoor sports fields and indoor sports halls bringing perspective from the athlete, administrator, coach, management and Board level. Since 1990 when travelling the world as part of the NZ Men’s Hockey Team Dion has grown knowledge of global international best practice in order to apply locally.
Through roles with the NZ Olympic Committee and now as Chair of the Oceania Hockey Federation Competitions and Events Committee, Dion is a leader in the holistic assembly of outdoor and indoor sports facilities development. Through the application of Third Place Thinking TM, Dion is providing thought-leadership and change in the way we connect our sports facilities with our communities.
Dion has undertaken masterplanning and feasibility work, business case development, concept and detailed design, delivery and the project management of a range of projects that relate to the Sports and Play Industry sector:
Selected Services and Reference Projects:
Namatjira Park Masterplan (in collaboration with theCommunityCollective.) – a sports and community masterplan incorporating an existing 12.1HA reserve site and a 634ha wetlands catchment area in Clayton South. The Park provides diversity of opportunities including social, family, sport, recreation, play and environment experiences with a single oval, single tennis court, sporting pavilion, bowls club and bistro, skate park, playground, tennis wall, basketball half court, and dog off-leash park
Colin Maiden Park– a broad masterplan review for tennis, soccer, rugby, netball, cricket, AFL, hockey along with commercial sports sector support services, including the new two-turf artificial hockey development as a multisport shared club facility
New Plymouth Multisport Hub – a 38ha multisport redevelopment over an existing racecourse to include 14 outdoor netball and multiuse courts, artificial soccer/rugby field, artificial hockey turf, 8 outdoor natural grass fields incorporating artificial and natural cricket wickets, cricket training nets, informal play and social zones for events and day-to-day community activities
Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub – a 32ha sports field development including full IAAF-certified athletics track, warm up track and dedicated throws high performance centre, 3 FIH Global Elite hockey turf surfaces, community sports fields, 24 hardcourt tennis courts, NRL-standard rugby league facilities
Indoor Arena and Sports Halls
New Plymouth Multisport Hub – a new 6-court indoor regional facility incorporating capacity for 3,000 seating for international netball and basketball events, hosting and media facilities, as well as local club-level multicode shared amenities as part of the wider sports park development
Matamata Indoor Community Sports Centre – a new 2-court local community development to be located on the Matamata College grounds. The facility serves as a key partnership between school, community and sports users
Fraser Park Sportsville – a new multisport centre located amongst the existing community sportsfields. The facility includes a 600sq.m multiuse indoor activity zone, 6 squash courts, café, gym, offices, meeting and social function rooms. 8 changing rooms service the outdoor sports of rugby, hockey, soccer, cricket and an artificial multiuse 3G turf\
Outdoor Active Zones & Informal Play Areas
Namatjira Park Masterplan (in collaboration with theCommunityCollective.) – a sports and community masterplan incorporating a new skate park, playground, tennis wall, basketball half court, pick-up-play areas, parking and dog off-leash park connected to an existing bowls club and natural wetlands area
‘The Boroughs’ Basketball Courts – a new 5-court outdoor sports project on sites across Auckland. The project aimed to engage youth with outdoor recreation activity using basketball as the catalyst. The project was a public-private commercial partnership between Auckland Council and SPARK (telecom)\
Learn to Ride Track – a disused area of hardcourt asphalt – the size of two netball courts – was converted into a temporary Learn to Ride adventure course for the local community. A concept for design was generated by the rich history and cultural characteristics of the local community – the track created simply by the use of road paint
Artificial Turf Sports Fields
A number of artificial sportsfields have been project managed and delivered by 106 Architects – Colin Maiden Park two-turf hockey field development; Metro Park artificial hockey field; Hamilton Boys’ High School artificial tennis, rugby/football, hockey field development project; Bill McKinlay Park artificial soccer field; Mt Roskill Grammar School artificial hockey turf and natural fields development; Auckland Grammar School artificial hockey and rugby/soccer field development
SOUTH HURSTVILLE NSW
Acousto-Scan Pty Ltd is an ISO/IEC 17205 Laboratory that specialises in testing sporting and playground surfaces. They have over 20 years’ experience in testing both installations and products.
Their accreditations include NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia), FIFA (Federation Intenationale de Football Association), IRB (International Rugby Board), AFL (Australian Football League), CA (Cricket Australia), ITF (International Tennis Federation), FIH (International Hockey Federation). They are an ISS Scientific Body Member.
Acousto-Scan has been directly involved with the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Pacific Games, FIFA gold projects and World Cups.
Dalton Consulting Engineers (DCE) is a privately owned and passionately managed civil engineering consultancy with a growing global footprint.
DCE are experts in the design and project management of sporting projects and related infrastructure. DCE prides itself on combining the engineering and financial imperatives for sports facilities with the necessary infrastructure requirements.
Drawing on extensive knowledge and experience in the delivery of sporting projects, DCE provides expert services and advice in the following key areas:
– 3d animations for concept design
– Synthetic & turf sportsfields
– Athletic tracks
– Thoroughbred racing facilities
– Water saving initiatives
– Integrated water cycle management
– Detailed design
– Project management
– Construction management
iDwala is known as the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting facilities that are unique, affordable and innovative so the whole community can enjoy them for years to come. Whether it be for netball, tennis, basketball, cricket, athletics, hockey, volleyball, futsal, soccer, rugby, pickleball or multisport facilities, iDwala can help turn your vision into a reality.
Our full range of professional services includes:
Design and Specification
Audit and Certification
Consultancy and Technical Advice
Inspections and Maintenance
Concept, Budget Planning and Costings
Offering a complete service, iDwala is regarded as a true market leader in the provision of design and specification works for new sports facilities, as well as older sports facilities that require refurbishment. In addition to our design and specification services, we also offer inspection and audit reports for outdoor sports facilities ranging from single courts to the development of multiple courts, and all associated infrastructure. We also offer concept planning to assist with funding applications.
Backed by 25 years of civil construction and facility maintenance experience, you can trust iDwala to provide industry specific technical advice on all aspects of pavement design and construction, drainage, soil conditions, product suitability and quality, maintenance programs, refurbishment opportunities and best practices for ensuring the longevity of your facility.
Furthermore, through iDwala’s partnership with a range of specialist contractors and suppliers, we pride ourselves on providing the best quality, value and experience for each individual customer.
Located on the outskirts of Melbourne, iDwala successfully services all of Victoria and is happy to meet clients onsite to discuss the unique requirements of their project.
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Labosport provides independent accredited performance testing for all leading sports organisations, including FIFA, WR, FIH, IAAF, AFL, World Bowls and ITF. We also provide independent research, consultancy and design on sports surfaces—synthetic, hybrid and natural turf.
Playtest is an independent playground and surface testing and inspection company, we specialise in the testing and assessment of all playgrounds. Our organisation is an independent field testing and laboratory testing service. We have the capabilities to deal with any playground surface testing, from Critical Fall Height testing to failure investigation of the rubber surfaces. Our services are currently utilised by councils, child care centres, independent schools, playground companies, surface companies and leisure management companies. Many of the surface construction companies draw upon our experience and knowledge in order to ensure the quality and durability of their products. (e.g. UV testing, TGA, DSC, SBR rubber, EPDM, TPV, TPE).
Playtest can test your surface to AS 4422:2022 to show that the surface is compliant to the critical fall heights of the equipment.
North Melbourne VIC
Martin Sheppard, Managing Director of Smart Connection Consultancy, has worked since 2008 supporting clients with feasibility studies, business cases and the procurement of synthetic sports surfaces, so that the technology can grow participation in active recreation and community sport. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading thinkers and influencers on the use of synthetic surface technology, he is also the technical adviser to the FFA, NRL and Rugby Australia on synthetic surfaces, in addition to working directly with FIFA, World Rugby and FIH.
SPORTENG specialises in the planning, design and construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports.
Blending engineering with specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport governing bodies, stadium curators, sport planners and architects, SPORTENG provides leading-edge technical advice for all forms of Field of Play.
Pivotal to the SPORTENG approach is our understanding of the specific design requirements for a Field of Play and our appreciation of how facilities will be constructed, operated and maintained. Our specialist team, the largest in Australia, brings every skill to the table to ensure we can deliver the highest quality and most appropriate design option for clients.