Darwin Turf Club Grandstand

Budget $12m
Client Darwin Turf Club
Completion July 2020
Size 4000m2

The Darwin Turf Club sought to build a world class facility that would further the appeal of both national and international interest in Darwin horse racing.

The scope included for design and construction of a 3-storey building with multiple bars, viewing boxes, and a commercial kitchen.

Quality was paramount for the project, given the project visibility and community attention. There was a tight deadline for completion of this project for readiness for the Cup Carnival.

Jaytex had to be innovative in many aspects of this project. From security, location and access factors, visual connections of the Grandstand, consideration of both existing and new infrastructure services and designing wisely for sustainable architecture.

To that end, we gave flexibility to large function room space, naturally ventilated with the assistance of large ceiling fans, reducing the need to air condition a large space in cooler times. We designed providing good diffuse day lighting spaces where ever possible.

We chose materials and construction types that are consistent with current NT construction practices, with lower embodied energy and result in low life cycle energy consumption and designed for optimal spatial reduction to consume less of everything.

We gave consideration to wise landscaping opportunities for shade and visual connections.

The Darwin Turf Club remained operational and functional throughout construction of the Grandstand project. Jaytex had to consider race meets, full time staff and trackwork. Jaytex worked closely with the client, ensuring open communication throughout the project. Jaytex Construction coordinated with the Club via weekly site meetings, email updates, and informal site walks to facilitate this. By keeping lines of communication clear and open, there was great success in harmonious operation between the two parties.

This is a first class architectural contribution to the built environment, aligning with the Darwin Cup Carnival and other events, clearly identifiable and visible from the DTC trackside and other Darwin Turf Club locations