University of Melbourne Sports Pavilion

Client: MU Sport

Collaborate with Melbourne University Sport (MU Sport) to inform the planning and design of the Sport Pavilion, which was redeveloped in 2014.

The Project

The Melbourne University Sport Pavilion is located in the grounds of the University’s Parkville campus and is steeped in rich sporting
tradition. It is the main facility for the University’s Cricket and Football clubs with a heritage listed social room (1906), flanked by
the historic colleges of the University of Melbourne.

MU Sport is a semi-autonomous department of the University, reporting to the Vice Principle (Engagement) and the Melbourne University Sport Board. The Board provides high-level policy, business and financial advice to the university on the development and management of sport and recreation at the university. Historically a club facility, the redeveloped MU Sport Pavilion deliberately allowed for its commercialisation, especially after extensive refurbishment in 2014/15. In collaboration with Melbourne University Sport (MU Sport) The Maytrix Group informed the planning and design of the Sport Pavilion, which was redeveloped in 2014.

Our Role

In 2013, the University of Melbourne commissioned Cox Architects (designers of AAMI park) and The Maytrix Group to provide expansion and upgrades the Pavilion to better cater for functions and events through the creation of large a Function and a renovated social room.

The Maytrix Group consulted extensively with stakeholders including tenant clubs, users and internal stakeholders, then assessed commercial opportunities using benchmarking to develop an effective and sustainable operating model. Meeting stakeholder needs the developed operating model delivers a commercial return to MU Sport. The Maytrix Group provided MU Sport with a detailed report on how to commercially manage the Pavilion. The report and proposed operating model informed the subsequent procurement model.

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