By Alesha Capone
A $1.21 million contract to design a football stadium in Tarneit, which will become home to the Western United Football Club, has been awarded by Wyndham council.
The council last week announced CO-OP Studio as the successful recipient of the tender to undertake design services for the 1160 Sayers Road North Regional Football Facility.
CO-OP Studio will provide principal consultancy design services for the construction of a 5000-spectator capacity main turf pitch and regional pavilion complex, a secondary full-size rectangular turf pitch, a FIFA Pro synthetic pitch, road access, adjacent carparking and landscaping.
Work on the construction is expected to be completed by May 2023.
Western United presently plays home matches at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong and Mars Stadium in Ballarat, but will relocate to Tarneit once the stadium is built.
Cr Peter Maynard said the council was keen to start building the stadium “yesterday” but had to go through the required processes first.
A report to last week’s Wyndham council meeting said that the council and the Western Melbourne Group (WMG) were working towards having the Tarneit project completed in time for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.
The report said it was hoped the Tarneit football facility could be used as a home base for one of the international teams in the lead up to, and during, the World Cup event.
“Council and WMG continue to work with FFA and Sport & Recreation Victoria to achieve this plan,” the agenda said.