Centre of Excellence

A NEW ERA FOR THE SEA EAGLES

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AND NORTHERN GRANDSTAND

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles is pleased to provide the following update on our Centre of Excellence and a northern grandstand to be built at Lottoland.

The development of this facility will secure the future of the Sea Eagles in the heart of the Northern Beaches.

The Centre of Excellence and a 3,000-seat covered northern grandstand will future proof Lottoland for the next generation of young players by supporting Club development both on and off the field. It will also bolster the Club's ambitions of launching a women’s NRL team and further enhancing youth sporting development.

Fans will be able to experience Lottoland from the comfort of the new grandstand during the 2021 season.

Key features include:

  • 3,000 covered seating area, food and beverage facilities
  • High performance, training and administration facilities
  • Medical and rehabilitation facilities
  • Elite level gymnasium, aquatic recovery and rehabilitation pools
  • Facilities to support on the rise of female sporting participation
  • Dedicated and multipurpose community education facilities and community meeting rooms.

The total cost of the investment is $33.1M. This project is jointly funded by the State Government, Federal Government, and the Sea Eagles.

The project underlines the commitment of Northern Beaches Council and the Sea Eagles to ongoing investment in Lottoland and builds on the momentum of the joint announcement in July 2019 to upgrade the playing field at the end of the 2020 NRL playing season.

Giving back to Brookvale

Dedicated and multipurpose community facilities will enable the Club to expand its suite of community programs, increase its reach and further its positive impact in the community.

Building on success with programs such as ‘Read with the Eagles’ and ‘Sea Eagles Breakfast Club’, the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles is committed to improving education and literacy outcomes, raising awareness of healthy lifestyles, fostering self-esteem, positive behaviour and mental health amongst young people.

Managing the impacts

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles acknowledges that living near a sports stadium can be challenging, and the management of traffic, noise and other impacts on amenity in and around the precinct is important for residents. Traffic Impact Assessments will be undertaken as part of the planning application and it is anticipated the completion of the Centre of Excellence and grandstand will not add to current parking and traffic.

The new grandstand will not change the capacity of Lottoland. The Centre of  Excellence will provide parking for staff and visitors, which will be located off Alfred Street.

Brookvale Park will continue to be open for public access.

Construction will be guided by a Construction Management Plan that will also require Council approval. During the construction work, every effort will be made to minimise disruption to local traffic and on-street parking.

Planning Approval Process

A development application for the project was lodged with Northern Beaches Council 25 October 2019.

  • As Council is the landowner, an independent planning will conduct the Development Application Assessment.
  • Late November 2019 / December 2019 – Public exhibition of the proposal
    The application will be made available for public to view and comment through Council’s website.  The public will have 21 days to review the plans and provide comment.
  • Following public exhibition, a review and determination will be made by the Sydney North Planning Panel. The Panel is comprised of representative of the Northern Beaches Council and state-appointed members.
  • Mid 2020 - Pending planning approval, the first stage of construction is likely to commence then. Construction will take approximately 12-18 months.

Keeping you informed

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles is committed to keeping Members and supporters informed and has commissioned community engagement company Urbis to assist with this process.

You can provide feedback or request more information by contacting Urbis Engagement on engagement@urbis.com.au or call 1800 244 863.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the proposal for?

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Centre of Excellence and 3,000 seat grandstand located at the northern end of Lottoland.

The Centre of Excellence and 3,000-seat covered northern grandstand will future proof Lottoland for future generations of young players by supporting Club development both on and off the field and bolstering its ambitions of launching a women’s NRL team and further enhancing youth sporting development.

Dedicated and multipurpose community facilities will also feature that will allow the club to expand its community programs and initiatives.

What specific facilities will be included in the proposal?

Key features of the development are outlined below:

  • 3,000 covered seats with associated amenities
  • High performance, training and administration facilities
  • Facilities to support the rise of female sporting participation and the club’s ambition to have a team in the NRLW competition
  • Multipurpose community meeting room

Where will the facility be located?

The Centre of Excellence and northern grandstand would be constructed at the northern end of Lottoland, where the existing scoreboard and Family Hill are located.

Will the project increase stadium capacity?

The proposed grandstand will replace the existing seating and standing arrangement resulting in no increase in spectator capacity.

Where will the Family Hill be located during and post construction?

The Sea Eagles understand the importance of the Family Hill area of the venue and will advise members and supporters of the location of the new Family Hill once the designs for the redevelopment are finalised.

How much will the project cost?

The total cost of the Centre of Excellence and northern grandstand is estimated to be $33.1m.

How will the project be funded?

The project will be funded via contributions from the following project partners:

  • $20M - NSW Government
  • $12.5M - Federal Government
  • $600K - Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

How much Council/ratepayer funding is being used?

No Council/ratepayer funding is being used to deliver the project.

Why isn’t the facility being built at its existing location at the Sydney Academy of Sport?

The Club undertook an extensive review of its future training and administration needs and determined that the best location to develop these facilities was part of an integrated Centre of Excellence and Grandstand at Lottoland.

What facilities will be available to the community?

A multipurpose community meeting room will be available for community use via a facility booking system managed by the Sea Eagles.

Will Lottoland remain open during construction?

Lottoland will remain open during construction, however there will be times when the public and user groups will not have access to the northern end during construction for safety reasons.   These dates will be clearly communicated to user groups and the community well in advance.

Who will be managing the community spaces?

The Sea Eagles will manage the Centre of Excellence, including the multipurpose community meeting room.

Use of the field will continue to be managed by Northern Beaches Council with access being provided to the Sea Eagles for its training and match-day activities.

How will traffic be managed?

A traffic impact analysis has been conducted for this proposal.

Loading and service vehicles will access the oval from Alfred Street, as it is currently. Timing of these service vehicle movements will be outside of school peak pick up and drop off times.

 Non-Game Day

It has been calculated that the proposal will create an increase of 22 vehicles in the morning peak and 20 vehicles in the afternoon peak. As this is a relatively minor increase in vehicles, it is anticipated that the proposal will have limited impact.

How will parking be managed?

A ground level carpark as indicated below will be used by the Centre of Excellence. This will be accessed via the existing Alfred Street driveway. This carpark will provide approximately 15 spaces to the existing 45 spaces on site.

Will the Sea Eagles be able to host games at Lottoland during construction?

Yes. The ground will remain operational during construction. The stadium capacity will be reduced during this period.

How has the recent asbestos discovery on site been managed?

Northern Beaches Council has proactively engaged an independent consultant to develop an Asbestos Management Plan that outlines the necessary strategies required to eliminate the potential risk to public health and safety on site.

What has been done to ensure the safety of park users, spectators and the community moving forward?

Using the recommendations of the Asbestos Management Plan, Northern Beaches Council has installed artificial turf on the affected areas. The subsequent assessment of these areas has determined that the risk of asbestos exposure to park users, spectators and the community has been effectively eliminated.

How will asbestos be managed during construction?

The project team will develop a second Asbestos Management Plan, which will outline the necessary strategies required to manage public health and safety during the construction phase.

Will the turf be upgraded as part of the project?

Northern Beaches Council has committed funding to the Lottoland turf upgrade the end of the 2020 NRL playing season as part of Council’s capital works program 2018-2021.

What’s the name of the grandstand?

No decision has been made on the naming of the grandstand.

What is the process for approval?

The Planning approval for the project will be subject to Council’s normal planning processes and will involve the lodgement of a Development Application.

The plans will be made available for public to view and comment through Council’s website.

When will construction commence on site?

It is envisaged that construction will commence on site in mid 2020 (subject to development approval).

How long will the construction process take?

It is envisaged that the construction process will take between 12 – 18 months to complete.

What are the operational hours?

The Centre of Excellence will operate during normal business hours. A small number of players and staff may access the facility after hours for training, and from time to time seminars, meetings and community groups will occur in the multipurpose community education facilities after hours.

Will there be any trees removed?

Some trees will need to be removed to enable construction; however the project is seeking to retain as many trees as possible. Where trees are removed, the Club is working with Council to develop a compensatory planting program in suitable locations throughout the site.

How can I be further involved in the community engagement process?

A community drop-in session will take place at Lottoland on the evening of Wednesday 16 October. The community is invited to attend this session to view images and provide feedback to the Club on the proposed development. Details for the evening are as follows:

 

Wednesday 16 October 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm (drop in any time)

Heritage Lounge, Lottoland, Pittwater Road, Brookvale

No RSVP required

 

Who do I contact for further information?

You can provide feedback or request more information by contacting the Club’s planning consultants, Urbis Engagement, at engagement@urbis.com.au.