Industry award for new sports pavilion

August 14 / 142

An artist's impression of the finished Pavilion.
An artist's impression of the finished Pavilion.

Kane Constructions has won the Excellence in Commercial Construction $5M-$7M Award at the Master Builders Association of Victoria awards for Melbourne University Sport’s new Sports Pavilion project.

The project brings new life to the heritage-listed “Pavvy,” which has hosted generations of University sportsmen and –women since it opened in 1906.

It includes the refurbishment of the original elements of the pavilion, demolition of an extension built in the 1950s and construction of a new expansion to house a function room, bar and kiosk, kitchens, ice baths and new external seating and relaxation areas.

The pavilion will officially open on Monday 15 September at a ceremony featuring the Victorian Governor Alex Chernov.

Melbourne University Sport director Tim Lee congratulated Kane Constructions, and gave his thanks to all those that had worked on or contributed to the project.

This included AFL Victoria, the Estate of Nona Lee, the Blackwood Trust and several former University footballers and cricketers.

“Without this support, this wonderful project would not have happened,” he said. 

“The final result is a credit to all concerned.

“Sport is an essential component of the University experience, and the Pavvy and Oval have been at the core, resulting in lifelong friendships that participation in sport at the University is so famous for.”

Property and Campus Services project manager Emily Dixon also commended Kane Constructions on the award.

“Kane Constructions intelligently and sensitively represented the architect’s design vision to produce a first-rate building that has become the gem of the Melbourne University Sports precinct,” she said. 

“The award is the result of intense team collaboration between the University, design team and builder, and testimony to the high standards Property and Campus Services demands from its vendors.”

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