ORC Redevelopment Update

 01 February 2021

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Redevelopment - Now Complete

The $25 million redevelopment of Oakleigh Recreation Centre has finished and our fantastic new facility is now open. Here is a recap of the community celebrating the new facility on Saturday 23 January 2021.


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Plans are progressing on the $25.4 million redevelopment of the centre including the construction of five new indoor multi-purpose (netball, basketball & volleyball) courts, gymnasium upgrade and conversion of the existing stadium to a state level gymnastics facility for the Waverley Gymnastics Club.

Subject to the approval of Council, Waverley Gymnastics and construction costs being received within budget, works are expected to take between 18 and 24 months to complete. All works will be completed in one stage to ensure that we complete the project as quickly and efficiently as possible. The contract is expected to be announced in April with construction to start in May.

Please find below details of key project updates. We will be providing further information as details of the project are confirmed.


December 2020 -  

The wait is over! The $25 million redevelopment of Oakleigh Recreation Centre is now finished and it’s time to open the doors to our fantastic new facility.

Join us in celebrating the return of the Oakleigh Recreation Centre with an amazing, family friendly Grand Opening event.

November 2020 - 
hile construction was delayed slightly due to COVID restrictions, we have received delivery of our new health & fitness equipment and the fit out has begun. 

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September 2020 - An update on the progress of the $25.4 million redevelopment of the Oakleigh Recreation Centre.


August 2020 - Project progress photos of the gymnastics hall, change rooms and Group Fitness studio

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April 2020 - Project Timelapse August 2019 - March 2020


March 2020 - Project progress photos of new basketball stadium and gymnastics hall

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October 2019 - Demolition is approximately 99% complete and the project is on budget. The outdoor pool is still scheduled to re-open Wednesday 6 November for the 2019/20 summer season. Click here to see an image of the current construction site. 

September 2019 -  The project is on time and budget and the centre is expected to open in late Oct/early Nov 2020. 

August 2019 - Confirmation that the aquatic facilities will be re-opening for the 2019/2020 summer season from Wednesday 6 November 2019

August 2019 - 95% of demolition has been completed. Required internal precast panels have been removed and modifications to remaining panels completed. The tennis club and courts have been demolished and removed and excavation works are under way.

June 2019 - Works have now commenced with site establishment, site boundary fencing, investigative works, demolition and basic services set out.

May 2019 - At a Special Meeting (pdf, 150KB) on 14 May 2019 Council awarded the tender for the $24.4 million project to APM Group (Aust).

April 2019: Centre closed for redevelopment as of Monday 29 April 2019.

January – March 2019: Call for tenders for construction. Subject to the approval of Council, Waverley Gymnastics and construction costs being received within budget the award of tender construction is expected in April 2019.

December 2018: Detailed design for Oakleigh Recreation Centre (ORC) Indoor Stadium and Gymnastics Centre documented costed by Quantity Surveyor (QS). Design specification and QS approved by Project Control Group (PCG).

June 2018: Detailed design development commenced. Ongoing consultation with key stakeholders regarding design detailed.

March 2018: Council Report – Council agreed to contribute additional funding of $3.3M to the project to ensure the project could proceed based on QS cost estimate of the total project cost of $23.3M.

Late 2017 and early 2018: Key stakeholders consulted to finalise design detail and determine indicative project cost.

December 2017: Council Report awards contract for construction of eight synthetic grass tennis courts at Caloola Reserve to allow the relocation of the Oakleigh Tennis Club.

August 2017: Council Report Authorising officers to proceed to tender for the installation of eight synthetic grass tennis courts with LED sports lighting at Caloola Reserve Oakleigh.

June 2017: The principle agreement with tennis to relocate to Caloola Reserve and free up the ORC site enabled the project in its current form to progress and new functional schematic design layouts evolved showing the new indoor stadium being positioned in the area freed up by the potential relocation of the Oakleigh Tennis Club. The architects provided a range of options for consideration with the project budget being maintained at $20M (excl GST). The schematic design of the new indoor multi-purpose sports stadium progressed with input from various stakeholders and sporting associations.

January – June 2017: A range of schematic design options were considered by the PCG based on functionality, the project budget, amenity, site constraints and connectivity.

January 2017: Council Report appointing DWP Australia Pty Ltd, trading as DWP/Suters, as project architects.

December 2016: Council Report confirming Council ‘welcomes the announcement by the Victorian Minister for Sport, the Hon John Eren, on 1 December 2016 to provide $3 million of funding for Council’s and Waverley Gymnastics’ proposed a combined project to redevelop the Oakleigh Recreation Centre’.

November 2016: Council Report – Council endorses an $18 - $20M redevelopment project for ORC and notes a funding application to SRV seeking funding to integrate the ORC Indoor Stadium (five courts) and the Waverley Gymnastics Facility in Oakleigh




Aquatics Users:

1 March 2019 - The Seasonal aquatics facilities will remain available throughout the construction period. Parking and entrance to the facilities may be affected and will be determined by construction status.

Members/Multi-Visit Pass Holders:

21 March 2019 – We endeavour to accommodate Oakleigh Recreation Centre members and multi-visit pass holders at our other locations Monash Aquatic & Recreation Centre and the Clayton Aquatics & Health Club at no additional cost.

Stadium Competition Participants:

19 February 2019 – All competitions will temporarily cease at the completion of the current Summer Season. Upon reopening of the stadium, Waverley Basketball Association, Waverley District Netball Association and Volleyball Victoria will be managing competitions. Casual/term based bookings will be available again in restricted times. See more here.

Stadium Facility Hirers:

21 February 2019 – Casual/term based bookings for stadium/programs/group exercise will only be accepted until April 2019 subject to project timelines.



For more information or if you have any questions please contact Gareth Rayner on (03)  or email [email protected]