PROJECT

Recreation and Aquatics Facility Feasibility Peer Review

LOCATION

South Perth, Western Australia

CLIENT
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City of South Perth

CONTRACT DESCRIPTION

Performed independent (peer) review of feasibility and planning documentation (Project Definition Plan and Operational Feasibility) for a world class aquatic, fitness, recreation and wellness centre under consideration within the Local Government municipality of City of South Perth

SERVICE PERIOD

November 2021

DHC KEY CONSULTANT PERSONNEL

Dean Hassall (project lead) and Carolynne Hassall (report assistance)

PROJECT OVERVIEW

(Current as at December 2021; project status subject to change)

  • City of South Perth is investigating the operating feasibility and funding opportunities for a world class recreation and aquatic facility (estimated $80 million development).

  • The major multi-purpose facility is under conceptual stage consideration and development in association with a range of City of South Perth partners/stakeholders.

  • The project aims to deliver a leading regional recreation, aquatic, health and educational facility that serves the City of South Perth and Curtin University, also extending to the broader Perth community, and providing economies of scale in services provision, capital cost and ongoing operational viability.

  • As part of Stage 1 - Project Definition and Business Case, the City instigated a concise consultancy scope (engaging Dean Hassall), which entailed an internal due diligence purpose. It was intended to provide detailed insights for the City of South Perth Councillors to assist in their decision on whether to proceed.


DHC ENGAGEMENT
  • To ensure an appropriate level of internal due diligence for Council, Dean Hassall was engaged to undertake an independent assessment and constructive critique of documents submitted by the City’s appointed multi-disciplinary specialist project consultants.

  • The assessment by Dean Hassall aimed to constructively review planning to date, from the perspective of an experienced venue management and operations professional with significant experience in major sport and recreation infrastructure development, delivery and operations.


KEY SERVICES & INPUT AREAS
  • Independent, external peer review of planning documents (Project Definition Plan and Operational Feasibility) relating to a comprehensive health, fitness, wellness and recreation hub.

  • Delivery of succinct first report with constructive key findings commentary

  • Draft-to-final report progressed following dialogue with client’s appointed consultants

  • Report highlighted specific areas the City may be prudent in seeking further clarification on, from their project consultants for purposes of appropriate risk mitigation and analysis

  • Met challenge of short lead-time for engagement, mobilisation and turnaround of critique to achieve Council meeting schedule

  • Also achieved second-round review of refined planning and feasibility documents within tight desired timeframe