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Sydney's Welcomes $100 Million State-of-the-Art Sports Hub

Rooty Hill in Sydney's western suburbs now proudly hosts the Blacktown Exercise Sports and Technology Hub (BEST), a striking $100-million facility designed to become a focal point for sports enthusiasts and athletes alike.

Architected by ARM Architecture and featuring landscape design by Architectus, BEST is more than just a sports hub; it's a vibrant and dramatic addition to the community. The project, brought to life during the construction phase by CO.OP Studio and Buildcorp in collaboration with Blacktown City Council, represents a significant investment in the region's sporting infrastructure.

The overarching goal of BEST is to establish an "internationally recognisable" sporting precinct, drawing not only local residents but also sub-elite athletes, professional teams, and emerging talents from across the nation. Beyond being a sports training center, the facility boasts consulting rooms, an aquatic recovery pool, a physical rehabilitation space, a 60-meter analysis running track, an environmental chamber, a biomechanics lab, and cutting-edge medical technology. The inclusion of 3D-printed equipment further enhances BEST's capabilities for providing allied health treatment.

The contemporary and eye-catching design of the building mirrors the diversity of Blacktown's community. Conceived by the design team, it incorporates elements reminiscent of Indian temples, Turkish bathhouses, and Chinese gardens, celebrating and embracing multiculturalism within the community.

Not limited to the interior, BEST extends its influence outdoors with a "physical literacy" play space. Designed by Architectus with input from BEST project director Neil Gibson, this area aims to enhance children's physical, psychological, social, and cognitive skills, adding an inclusive and holistic dimension to the hub's offerings.

The BEST Hub's grand opening marks a significant milestone for sports and technology in Sydney's western region, promising to be a dynamic and inclusive destination for both recreation and athletic development.


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