We are delighted to have recently lodged plans with the Hills Shire Council for a $13m state-of-the art multi-age sporting precinct supporting 10 different sports.
The hub is proposed to sit over four hectares between the future town centre and primary school in the heart of The Gables masterplanned community, which at completion will be home to more than 12,000 residents.
Celestino Development Director Matthew Scard says delivery of the broad range of sporting facilities is a critical part of The Gables community infrastructure.
“Promoting and supporting an active, healthy lifestyle is a pillar of our masterplan for The Gables. It’s our vision that every resident will be within walking distance of green space and a local park,” he says. Two synthetic hockey fields and seating for 1200 form the centrepiece of the precinct, while several other multi-purpose turf and hard court facilities are included for basketball, netball, tennis and soccer. There’s also a youth and adult fitness area; and a children’s playground.
The plans will put the North West on the map as a major hockey centre, with Hockey NSW keen to become a regular patron.
Chief Executive Officer of Hockey NSW David Thompson says the plans are a substantial investment in the future of Australian hockey.
“Our sport is starved of facilities in Sydney and this development at The Gables is a great opportunity that fills an urgent gap. It will certainly encourage many new players in the North West.
“Hockey is a sport open to everybody, regardless of their ability, age, background or gender. We expect a thriving hockey community to establish itself and future Kookaburras and Hockeyroos careers to begin,” he says.
Mr Thompson said In 2018, Hockey NSW attracted over 3,000 new members under 18 and over 7,000 members overall. The organisation is also running more than 500 school programs each year.
“Linking these students to local community clubs is a key to our ongoing growth strategy and success.”Castle Hill MP Ray Williams has followed The Gables closely.
“The Gables is setting a new standard for the way we imagine our purpose-built new communities.”
As our communities grow we need more of these facilities and it’s great to see Celestino keeping up the momentum on delivering for their residents,” he says.
Global planning & design firms Aecom and Team 2 Architects designed the sports precinct.
On approval, the precinct will take around 12 months to construct. Pending approval, Celestino is hoping to start the build process by the end of 2019.
Plans are also underway for even more facilities within The Gables, including grass playing fields for rugby league, soccer, AFL and cricket. These proposed facilities will include an amenity building, children’s playground and a multipurpose Community Centre .
The Gables will ultimately include 85 hectares of active and passive open space, nine neighbourhood parks, a network of cycle and walking paths, and regenerated riparian and creek corridors.
The Gables has already completed three neighbourhood parks, cycleways and the first stage of a riparian corridor and welcomed its first residents at the end of 2017.