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Architectus celebrates opening of state-of-the-art Sports and Technology Hub

Yesterday, we celebrated the official opening of the Blacktown Exercise Sports and Technology Hub (BEST) Hub with guest of honour, Olympic champion Cathy Freeman.

The $100m BEST Hub is a state-of-the-art facility designed to make a positive impact on community health, research, sports performance, and rehabilitation. Situated within one of Australia’s fastest-growing municipalities, the new multi-disciplinary facility stands as the centerpiece of the popular Blacktown International Sports Park Sydney.

In close collaboration with Blacktown City Council, ARM Architecture, Buildcorp, and other consultants, our Landscape Architecture team worked closely to develop a distinctive yet economical design that integrates the BEST Hub facilities and new fields with the existing Sports Park.

The Hub includes a new ‘physical literacy’ open space that promotes the physical, psychological, social, and cognitive benefits of lifelong movement and activity.

Principal Esther Dickins said the new space has been designed to encourage everyone in the community to get out and get moving.

“The physical literacy park is designed for all ages and abilities. Stretching out across the site the outdoor spaces integrate opportunities for rehabilitation and physical literacy from the fundamentals to elite training.”

This innovative space for all ages is destined to be an exciting new draw card for the precinct. Inclusive by design, it’s aimed at getting everyone moving – young, old, rehabilitating athletes, elite sports people, regular users, or one-time visitors. The design focuses on skills for coordination, balance, sensory, and strength, from learning the fundamentals to honing advanced skills.

Read more about the BEST Hub here.