Northbourne Oval

Braddon: ACT

  • Master Planning, Landscape Masterplanning 
  • Urban Design, Community Consultation.
  • Client: Canberra District Rugby League
  • Total Project Value: $500,000
  • Project Timeline: 2016 - ongoing
  • Media/ Awards: Community consultation website
SPACELAB Northbourne Oval

SPACELAB were engaged to undertake the Landscape Master Planning, Urban Design and Community Consultation for a proposed development approval adjacent to this iconic site. The interface the redevelopment created with this heritage listed oval, the oldest enclosed recreational facility in North Canberra, was of great interest to a wide range of stakeholders. DA was lodged in July 2017.


Studies undertaken resulted in a realignment of the oval closer to its historic beginnings, re-establishing formal planting to redefine the oval form and creation of an accessible pathway around the site. Reactivating unused spaces in the surrounding landscape created new spaces for leisure and recreation. The opportunity for a future proposed centre of excellence on site was also considered. SPACELAB ran several community consultation sessions and initiated a website to effectivelly communicate the proposed redevelopment.


"Spacelab were engaged to reconsider the masterplan already prepared for an existent development application on the neighbouring site, which was also being redesigned by a new architectural team. One of our most significant concerns was the interface between the goal kicking area of the rugby league oval and the potential for ball travel to impact upon residential units. The process by Spacelab to investigate these issues and present potential solutions was well resolved and tied in very well with the wider masterplan.  Spacelab's outcome resolved our concerns and will ensure the functionality of the oval well into the future"

Simon Hawkins CEO Canberrra District Rugby League.