Whitten Oval Indoor Training Facility
Location: Footscray, VIC
Completion Date: July 2023
Size: 1965 sqm
Fabric: PTFE - Chukoh FGT800
Photography: © Martin Eddleston
MakMax Australia’s scope of works for the Whitten Oval Indoor Training Facility was to Design, engineer, fabricate and install a PTFE membrane structure over the indoor training field.
Located at Whitten Oval in Footscray, the indoor training facility is part of the VU University High Performance Centre and home to the Western Bulldogs AFL Club.
Collaborating with the project’s lead contractor ADCO and the project architect, Populous, MakMax Australia played a pivotal role in developing the concept and design for a lightweight membrane roof covering the indoor training field. Based on our TensoSport-Max Hawksbill shape, the curved rafters create ridgelines, and valley cables tension the membrane, with the secondary supporting steelwork custom-designed to seamlessly connect to the main construction.
The PTFE canopy spans an approximate plan area of 1,965 m2 (52.4m X 37.5m) and the lowest point is 12m above the playing surface.
PTFE-coated glass fiber membranes stand out as the premier fabric products in the market. These materials boast UV stability, inert properties, and a proven design life of at least 50 years. They exhibit high translucency, an extremely low surface energy that minimises dirt build-up and maintenance intervals, and offer the best fire performance characteristics among fabric materials.
The selected membrane for the Whitten Oval Indoor Training Facility roof, Chukoh Skytop FGT-800, provides up to 15% translucency, allowing natural light into the indoor facility. This feature facilitates more daylight training sessions without the need for artificial lights, translating to cost savings and sustainability benefits for the club.
The new Whitten Oval Indoor Training Facility, featuring a high-tech membrane roof, is a significant component of the extensive redevelopment. Situated at the edge of the oval, it is highly visible and stands as a stunning architectural addition to the club’s facilities..