Iconic sports arena makeover has water at it’s heart
On the shores of Sydney Harbour in the City of Canada Bay LGA, lies Drummoyne Oval. It is a popular and high quality sporting and recreational precinct in the City and it contains a cricket oval used by the Speedblitz Blues NSW Cricket team, and Drummoyne Dirty Reds Rugby Club.
Council secured Federal Government grants to upgrade the facilities at Drummoyne Oval and the whole place was changed from the ground up, including a new grandstand and event centre.
A feature of the works was a variety of sustainability initiatives, in particular water management. Council engaged Storm to prepare civil engineering designs for the car park and entrance path including an integrated drainage system. Storm was able to develop a fantastic Water Sensitive Urban Design landscaped feature comprising a terraced cascade and a beautiful raingarden enhanced by a stunning themed artwork depicting the sporting and nautical heritage of the site.
The works coincided with a terrible drought period in Sydney and so Council needed to ensure that any future water restrictions imposed on the site would not adversely affect the condition of the playing surface on the oval. Therefore, as part of the works, a stormwater harvesting scheme was integrated into the drainage design.
Stormwater is pre-treated in a Gross Pollution Trap and Hydrofilters before being piped to a storage system with a disinfection unit and control room. From there is pumped into the oval’s irrigation system, saving millions of litres of water every year, and ensuring the turf is of the quality required for top class sporting events.
The works were the centrepiece of the Stormwater Industry Association’s Technical Tour in late 2010 where Rod Wiese from Storm joined Council to host 100 conference delegates on a tour of this impressive sustainable water system.