Glenunga Hub is a community facility situated in Glenunga Reserve. The focus for the project was on creating a precinct that can be used by multiple user groups simultaneously, with a balance between competitive training and community use. The City of Burnside has praised the success of the project and said the precinct will 'redefine the standard of multi-purpose leisure facilities' available for use by the community.
The project is comprised of a new pavilion, to replace the old clubrooms, and a sporting facilities upgrade that included resurfacing the existing playing fields, upgrading the Little Athletics facilities and a new fitness track with outdoor exercise equipment. The entire reserve was also redeveloped, with extensive tree management undertaken, along with new landscaping to rejuvenate and enhance the quality of the outdoor recreation space.
Situated in the middle of the reserve, the pavilion links visually and physically to both the north and south playing fields and consists of a lightweight steel-framed structure with a 'sprung' curved roof. The curved roof form allows all sporting balls to roll directly off and creates a generous verandah that wraps around the entire pavilion. The predominant elevations of the building face north and south for optimal solar control, with large bi-fold doors providing excellent cross ventilation through the clubroom. The building contains change rooms, storage facilities, a commercial kitchen, sports bar, kiosk and administration facilities.
A new public plaza overlooks all playing fields and links the pavilion with a state-of-the-art playground and BBQ facilities. The large, paved public plaza was designed so local markets can also operate on weekends. The playground provides a secure area for children to play, with adjacent BBQ facilities supporting informal family gatherings. The commercial kitchen allows the pavilion to be rented for private functions and facilitates community events.
The redevelopment of this precinct focused on improving the wellbeing of local residents and members of the wider community, which it has certainly achieved.