Melbourne born and raised, Matthew Dettmann’s earliest memory of Melbourne Park was watching South East Melbourne Magic beat the Melbourne Tigers at Rod Laver Arena in the 1996 NBL grand final, and now he is helping to build the next stage of the precinct’s $972 million redevelopment.
The $271.55 million Stage 3 of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment will complete the transformative project that has reshaped the precinct over the past decade.
Tanderrum Bridge, Margaret Court Arena and the Rod Laver Arena refurbishment are just some parts of the precinct that have been delivered as part of the state government funded project’s earlier stages.
Matthew is a project manager with Development Victoria and has been working on Stage 3 for around six months preparing for construction of a new show court and function and media centre.
Other than having a desk in one of the most picturesque parts of the city, Matthew said working on site at Melbourne Park provided an interesting perspective on the works as they rolled out.
“We’re able to see the project progress each day and manage how a large project interfaces with an events precinct and public thoroughfare,” he said.
“As well as sports like the basketball and tennis, Melbourne Park hosts more than 600 sport and entertainment events per year with more than two million visitors.”
“It’s a great challenge building and refurbishing significant infrastructure while the venues remain operational.”
After completing TAFE, Matthew studied Construction Management and Quantity Surveying at Bond University in Queensland.
Following stints working in residential and industrial construction and development in Queensland, Melbourne and London, Matthew joined Development Victoria. An organisation, he said, that delivers a variety of projects that few other businesses could offer.
“There are few organisations that provide the opportunity to be involved in the range of projects that Development Victoria has to offer,” he said.
“Development Victoria builds state significant civic projects that cover sport, art and culture such as the State Netball and Hockey Centre, Flinders Street refurbishment and Melbourne Arts Precinct redevelopment.”
“We also manage urban precinct redevelopments like Docklands as well as residential housing developments across Melbourne.”
Construction on Stage 3 of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment is due to get underway in early 2019 and expected to be completed by 2023.