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DHW Ludus Infrastructure

DHW Ludus Infrastructure was established as an alliance in January 2018 to leverage our vast experience in the planning of sport, entertainment and cultural venues and facilities.

The business positions itself to be a trusted adviser and problem solver and features numerous alliances in the critical areas of architecture, engineering and quantity surveying.

Our people have worked with an extensive mix of of clients in both the public and private sector across a suite of infrastructure projects.

DHW Ludus Infrastructure in a moment

DHW Ludus Infrastructure provides expertise in the planning,  assessment and delivery of infrastructure supporting the sport, entertainment and cultural sectors.

Our approach is to work collaboratively with clients to deliver practical and realistic solutions.


  • Planning for stadia, arenas,
    high performance facilities,
    community infrastructure and
    cultural institutions.


  • Combined 35 years
  • Big 4 and agency
  • Government


  • Venues
  • Sports and Clubs
  • Cultural Institutions
  • Government


  • Dale Wood
  • Aaron Lake


  • Strategy and planning
  • Feasibility studies
  • Business cases
  • Economic studies
  • Master planning
  • Government relations
  • Project funding
  • Project governance and establishment

What We Do

DHW Ludus Infrastructure’s expertise allows us to provide a service offer encompassing the full asset lifecycle.


  • Strategy and planning
  • Master planning
  • Feasibility studies and business cases
  • Economic studies
  • Funding procurement
  • Project governance
  • Project management
  • Client representative
  • Commercial assessment
  • Business planning
  • Operational review
  • Strategy and planning
  • Master planning

Who We Are


Dale Wood

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Dale Wood is an experienced consultant focusing on the sports, cultural and entertainment sectors via his business DHW Collaborations.

He has over 21 years’ experience working directly with sports, cultural institutions, Government, brands, promoters and venues.  His experience includes:

  • Establishing his own business, DHW Consulting, in March 2013, and relaunched in March 2017 following hiatus for prior role. During 2018, the business expanded and rebranded to become DHW Collaborations, incorporating alliance contributors, Aaron Lake (DHW Ludus Infrastructure) and Mark Simpson (DHW Simpson Advisory).
  • Co-head of a ‘Big 4’ Sports, Events & Venues practice.

Over his career, Dale has worked with most of Australia’s pre-eminent sporting venues, and numerous entertainment, cultural and arts facilities.


Aaron Lake


Aaron Lake has over 19 years' experience in the sport and leisure industry, having worked for the Victorian State Government and a number of successful consultancy practices.

Aaron’s project experience encompasses the complete asset lifecycle, including infrastructure strategies, feasibility and business case development, funding and investment decisions and project implementation.

He has delivered major stadium, high performance centre and community sport projects.  His working experience includes:

  • Establishing his own business, Ludus Group, in 2015 and forming DHW Ludus Infrastructure in January 2018.
  • Project Director, Waypoint (2014-2015).
  • Senior Venues Consultant, Gemba (2012-2014).
  • Senior Consultant, Coffey Sport & Leisure (2007-2012).
  • Senior State Facilities Consultant, Sport and Recreation Victoria (2002-2007).

Industry Alliances

DHW Ludus Infrastructure has worked with Australia’s pre-eminent architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and project managers across a range of infrastructure projects.

Rest assured, we can assemble the best team to meet the needs of your project.


Dale and Aaron have together and individually worked with an amazing array of clients across our careers. Specific, relevant credentials can be provided once we understand the problem you’re looking to solve.

Following are some our recent engagements, along with some testimonials to give you a sense for what we’ve done and our clients’ perspective:

  • A feasibility study for a home for a number of ski and snowboard disciplines in Jindabyne for the NSW Government’s Office of Sport.
  • A business case for the expansion of the Iron Arena in Taree for the Taree Basketball Association.
  • An assessment of the potential location of a new elite training and administration centre on the land occupied by the Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust.
  • Client representation for the Carlton Football Club with regards to the second stage redevelopment of IKON Park.
  • Client representation for the Melbourne Boomers with regards to the next stage of redevelopment of the State Basketball Centre.
  • Advisory services for the Parramatta Eels with regards to their hiring agreement at the new Bankwest Stadium.
  • An assessment of the capital improvement and expansion opportunities for AAMI Park on behalf of the Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust.
  • Planning support for the City of South Perth for the development of a large scale recreation and aquatic facility.
  • An assessment of revenue opportunities with the potential development of a stadium in Ipswich (with Cox Architecture).


DHW Ludus Infrastructure supported the Eels with our contractual negotiations with the managers of Bankwest Stadium. Their understanding of the operations of major venues and the potential implications for hirers proved to be a valuable resource for the Club.

Jim Sarantinos

Director, Parramatta Eels Rugby League Club

The redevelopment of the State Basketball Centre will be significant in the growth and strength of the Deakin Melbourne Boomers.  We needed to ensure that we had the right expertise advising us on how to navigate this important and complex project involving multiple user groups and funding bodies.  DHW Ludus Infrastructure’s experience across numerous projects within sport and government has been invaluable and they have provided insightful guidance and advice through the first year of the project.  We look forward to working with them as the project unfolds over the next four years.

Tony Hallam

Chair, Deakin Melbourne Boomers WNBL Club

The team at DHW Ludus infrastructure provided the Carlton Football Club with strategic advice on engaging with government and worked with the Club on the complex process of defining a scope of works that would provided full integration of the women’s football program into the existing Club operations as well as delivering further  matchday enhancements, as part of a  Stage 2 redevelopment of Ikon Park.

Martin Shannon

Head of Venue Operations, Carlton Football Club