La Trobe University engaged Urbis to facilitate this state-significant major sports and recreation facility, within the Sports & Recreation Precinct of the Melbourne
(Bundoora) Campus. We secured a timely approval through a fast-track pathway of intervention by the Minister for Planning.

The Sports Park Stage 3 project will provide purpose-built, state of the art sporting and associated facilities suited to major sports organisations, namely as the State Football Centre and Home of The Matildas, and State Rugby Union Centre (Rugby Victoria and the Melbourne Rebels). A priority of the project was to deliver a football facility to host teams and training for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™.

With a very tight time frame, it was necessary to ensure commencement of construction in time to deliver stadium infrastructure for the Women’s World Cup – Urbis demonstrated skilful expertise in stakeholder engagement and management, particularly with DELWP’s development facilitation team.

Furthermore, Urbis advised the University’s Project Manager in scoping, reviewing and collating numerous technical specialist reports to support the Planning Scheme Amendment application.

The bespoke planning control introduced a site-specific incorporated document that sets out an approval framework and flexible conditions to ensure smooth project delivery.

Urbis’ range of planning support, from strategy development to implementation, stakeholder management and government liaison, was critical to securing our planning scheme amendment in time to meet our fast-tracked program. 


Cox Architecture