Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre

Canterbury City Council

Construction consisted of the remediation of approximately 30,000m2 of vacant land. Asbestos was excavated and encapsulated before the commencement of building works.

The sports facility comprise a floor area of approximately 3,600m2 and utilised structural steel and precast concrete panels to create the various open spaces. Specially engineered trusses allowed spans reaching 40m to be used to develop open areas within the sports courts and the gymnasium.

The internal fit-out scope included sports courts, amenities, offices, a crèche, spin room, gymnasiums, and physiotherapy suites as well as functional food preparation and service area. The main foyer includes a public reception area and seating area with high feature ceilings. Some of the power saving features utilised in the building include cross ventilation, automated louvres, blinds, high ceilings, extensive use of skylights, roof water collection tanks, and thermal insulation. External works included the construction of 6,000m2 of car parking and roadways. Landscaping included 15,000m2 of new turf as well as extensive areas of native planting.

Overall a modern and vibrant new community facility has been built which will serve the local area for many years to come.


Canterbury City Council


McPhee Architects

Contract sum



48 weeks


March 2011