Weeks to build
The Brisbane Broncos identified this new facility as key to their continued success on and off field as Australia’s No. 1 NRL team.
Designed by acclaimed specialist sports facility architect Populous, the cutting-edge Training, Administration and Community Facility (TACF) or Clive Berghofer Centre as it is now known, is a new home for the club’s administration team, as well as players and coaches. It includes state-of-the-art training and recovery facilities – including the largest electric sauna in the Southern Hemisphere – and a new full-size training field, plus café, retail store, and community education centre.
Populous was central to bringing the complex to life, working closely with the Broncos for three years to perfect the design and ensure everything was in place for construction to proceed. And that’s when Hutchinson Builders came on the scene. Hutchies has an enduring relationship with the Broncos that started with building the original clubhouse in the 1990s. Our history together was an important consideration for the Broncos’ choice of builder for the new facility. This rapport, together with the unparalleled expertise of Populous, proved a powerful combination in the development of the state-of-the-art facility.
The close alignment meant that Hutchies was able to work in partnership with Populous and the Broncos to identify significant opportunities for value management in the early stages of the project. This ensured that project costs were reduced while maintaining quality and functionality. When ground contamination was discovered on site, the collegial relationship also made it easy for us and the sporting club to work closely to liaise with the community about how the contamination issues would be resolved without impacting residents and businesses in proximity to the site.
The Broncos' new complex is an important part of the Brisbane community. There are several areas open to communal access – including a dedicated community room – and substantial public green space incorporated into the grounds. The TACF will be the Brisbane Broncos’ hub for high performance training and community engagement for many years to come.
Red Hill has been home to the Broncos since the team first played back in 1988 and the club has always had a strong connection with the local community and this project ensures they remain at their spiritual home.