Just months after UTS’s Faculty of Health took the first steps to establish a Sport & Exercise presence at Moore Park comes the news that UTS sport science and research programs are to get state-of-the-art facilities at Sydney’s elite sporting precinct, within a new Australian Rugby Development Centre (ARDC).
The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust (SCGT), Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and UTS, in partnership with the Federal and NSW governments, will deliver the ARDC, with construction expected to begin at the end of the month, following an official approval by the NSW Minister for Sport, The Hon. Stuart Ayres.
Artist's impression of the UTS entrance to the ARDC
Envisaged as a world-class sporting, education and community hub, the ARDC will be home to UTS’s sport and exercise science and management courses, and related research activities – as well as Australia’s top male and female rugby players – following its anticipated completion in 2017.
UTS academics and students are likely to move into the building for the start of the Autumn session 2018.
The ARDC, designed by architects Populous, will accommodate a range of facilities, and will replace the temporary UTS education, research and administrative spaces currently in use at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium precinct.
Occupying levels 3–5 of the five-and-a-half-level building, UTS’s facilities in the new ARDC will include:
- purpose-built UTS research and teaching laboratories for exercise physiology, biomechanics and skill acquisition
- state-of-the-art equipment that enables 3D motion analysis, neuromechanical and metabolic assessment, exercise biochemistry, motor learning and skilled performance, training in extreme environments and body composition assessment
- an indoor training hall
- a range of general teaching spaces and study areas
- 50 bike racks in basement.
Other features of the building include:
- a café open to the community and visitors to the ARDC
- facilities for use by community groups and grassroots teams
- a high-performance facility for the Wallabies, national sevens teams, and women’s, indigenous and junior development squads
- a rooftop running track.
The ARU's entry to the ARDC, which will be the new base of the Wallabies rugby team
UTS Vice-Chancellor Attila Brungs says: "Taking the sports sciences to the sporting field and enabling academics and students to work alongside elite athletes in world-class sporting facilities means UTS can ensure relevant and high-impact learning and research outcomes for scholars and sportspeople."
"UTS has forged a long history of excellence in sport science education and research and nurtured a number of elite athletes among its students. Our students and researchers are already benefitting from being part of the precinct and we are excited by what the future holds with this new partnership and the ARDC facility."
Read more in the press release.