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$90m South Australian Sports Institute in Mile End on track for August open

Work has progressed on the cutting-edge SASI facility at Mile End, with the new space set for an August opening.

The South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) is gearing up for the grand opening of its cutting-edge facility in August 2024, a project valued at nearly $90 million and now halfway to completion.

Since breaking ground in March 2023, construction firm Hansen Yuncken has accomplished significant milestones, including the installation of in-ground services, completion of piling works, and pouring concrete for all three floors.

Remaining tasks for 2024 encompass the installation of structural steel and curtain walls, cladding the façade and roof, finalising internal fit-outs, and completing car park and external works.

The State Government’s investment of $68 million in the Mile End development establishes a premier hub for sports, research, and education, catering to high-performance athletes and students.

“This investment will deliver a world-class facility for our state. It brings together key pieces of sporting infrastructure and creates a hub that will support athletes to develop their high-performance potential and attract national and international teams to Adelaide in their preparations for the Olympics and Paralympics,” Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Katrine Hildyard said.

“When South Australian athletes perform at the highest level, future generations are inspired, and we see an increase in participation in sports and other physical activity – this is so important in improving the mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people and to them feeling the wonderful sense of belonging that sport brings.”

In addition to the government funding, project partner UniSA has contributed $20 million towards capital costs. This allocation will facilitate the construction of the UniSA Sports Science Hub on the second floor, housing state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching spaces for students pursuing various degrees.

“UniSA is pleased to partner with SASI on this outstanding facility for the State. It will better prepare high-performing athletes, and the future workforce to support them, delivering significant benefits to sports teaching, research and industry collaboration,” UniSA Professor Jon Buckley, Executive Dean: UniSA Allied Health and Human Performance Academic Unit said.

“We look forward to seeing the UniSA Sports Science Hub take shape, with its state-of-the-art laboratories and innovative teaching and research areas.”

Designed by COX Architecture, the building aims to foster talent identification, provide pathways for aspiring athletes, and offer leading-edge educational opportunities. Key features include:

  • A strength and conditioning gym equipped with a 60-meter synthetic turf testing space and an anti-gravity treadmill.
  • An environmental chamber for testing athletes under diverse conditions.
  • Indoor courts and studios designed for performance analysis.
  • Dedicated spaces for rowing, canoeing, and kayaking programs.
  • Physiology laboratories, athlete health rooms, and recovery centers.
  • Facilities for biomechanics and exercise physiology studies.

The new SASI facility, situated alongside the Australian Centre for Sports Aerodynamics, SA Athletics Stadium, and Netball SA Stadium, forms a premier sports precinct near Adelaide’s CBD.

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