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Approved – Ballymore Masterplan – Herston, Brisbane


The Ballymore Redevelopment Masterplan has been approved by the State Government and construction will begin on the development in February 2022.

The master plan for Ballymore will include a high-performance sports and wellbeing precinct that will support two Olympic sports (Rugby and Sport Climbing).

Designed by Blight Rayner Architects, the masterplan redevelops the site for a $30 million National Rugby Training Centre for high-performance, which will become the centrepiece of the Ballymore elite sports precinct and the centre of excellence for sport climbing (newest Olympic sport).

Additionally,  an integrated 3010-seat stand replacing the McLean Stand’s capacity will be provided that includes changerooms, cutting edge sports science and recovery facilities.

The redevelopment proposal will see three new buildings constructed at Ballymore, with a total of 5000sqm reserved for sports administration, sports recreation, allied health and sports medicine. The site will be open to more community groups and land uses.

Plan of designation for the Ballymore Master Plan

Masterplan Overview
– National Rugby Training Centre
– Home of the Queensland Reds and Wallaroos
– 700m2 gym and hydrotherapy centre
– 3010-capacity integrated grandstand
– 75-seat auditorium
– 120-person capacity function room
– 25m swim school
– 10,000m2 Olympic Centre of Excellence for Sport Climbing
– 20m high outdoor walls for speed and lead climbing
– Boulder climbing area
– Public parkland/viewing area
– Three new sports buildings (administration, sports recreation, allied health and sports medicine)
– Community access to internal green space
– Revitalised parks and BBQ areas

National Rugby Training Centre – Concept Image

David Hanham , QRU Chief Executive Officer said the masterplan sets rugby in Queensland up for a sustainable future.

“We see Ballymore as the centre of Brisbane’s silicon valley of sport and well-being – a place where Olympians can train and compete in a world-class facility”.

“The ability to generate an income from parts of Ballymore means we can offset the almost $1 million annual cost of maintaining the precinct – putting that money back into our core business – Grassroots Rugby and the Queensland Reds”.

“There has already been significant interest from allied health providers to be part of the Ballymore, which is only a short walk from the Herston Quarter health precinct”.

“We are also in discussions for a 25m swim school pool and what we think will be the Olympic Centre of Excellence for Sport Climbing”.

“Ballymore has been nominated as an Olympic venue and while there is still significant work to be done, the approval of the masterplan is a first step towards that goal”.

“With the growth of women’s and men’s elite sport and community sport, Ballymore can provide a cost-effective and central venue option for Brisbane, as well as continuing to be the home of our Hospital Cup finals and community game,” said Hanham.

Clyde Road Building – Concept Image
Clyde Road Building – Concept Image

National Rugby Training Centre – Concept Image

Government Funding
– $15 million commitment by the Queensland State Government
– $15 million commitment by the Federal Government

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Source: Information, Drawings and Images
All article information is sourced and available for review from referenced locations.
– Media Release: Ballymore Masterplan Approved
– Architecture Images: Blight Rayner Architects
– Landscape Architects: RPS Group
– MID Approval: MID-0121-0477
– Interactive Image: Google Aerial and Streetview

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