Boss James Reserve Redevelopment

The Wright-Scarlett Pavilion at Boss James Reserve will receive a major $3.4 million redevelopment, with works commencing on October 30, 2023. These works will improve facilities at the home of the Hampton Rovers Football Club and Hampton Cricket Club, with the Bayside City Council managing the project. These exciting upgrade works will ensure the Boss remains as one of the leading sports facilities in the Bayside area. The project is expected to take 12 months, with the Pavilion to re-open in late 2024.

In summary, the significant footprint of the existing social room will remain relatively unchanged, allowing the club to continue hosting sit-down functions for 120+ people, the social room will be extensively renovated, including floor-to-ceiling windows to improve the view of the ground, while the bar will remain in the existing position. The rest of the building will be redeveloped, with the building footprint enhanced. The two changerooms will be rebuilt and repositioned, as will a new gym and toilet facilities. Outside, there will be an increase in undercover area for spectators, thanks to a spectacular-looking green & gold roof with LED lighting.

Key elements will include:

  • Accessible and gender inclusive changerooms and umpire facilities
  • public toilet
  • increased storage facilities and a community space for broader community use
  • custom-built shed adjacent to the existing cricket nets to store essential club equipment
  • improved sustainability features including solar panels on the roof, water-heating systems, and electrical appliances to remove use of natural gas, water tanks and sensor lighting throughout the building
  • spacious under cover area
  • remarking of accessible car park and additional DDA compliant connective pathway.

For the duration of the redevelopment works, temporary facilities have be setup in the James Cresent car park, allowing matches to continue to be played at the ground. The club is also investigating plans to play senior home games at alternate grounds to allow match day functions to continue, as well as a regular venue for Thursday selection nights post-training. Stay tuned for further details.

Read more about the project on the Bayside City Council website >

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