Yagan Square (left) and Bankwest Stadium (right) were named Steel Clad Structure and Large Project of the Year in the Australian Steel Excellence Awards, respectively.


Aurecon-designed projects receive five honours at prestigious Australian Steel Excellence Awards

Yagan Square (left) and Bankwest Stadium (right) were named Steel Clad Structure and Large Project of the Year in the Australian Steel Excellence Awards, respectively.

Yagan Square (left) and CommBank Stadium (formerly Bankwest Stadium) (right) were named Steel Clad Structure and Large Project of the Year in the Australian Steel Excellence Awards, respectively.

18 December 2020 – Two Aurecon-designed projects, Yagan Square and CommBank Stadium (formerly Bankwest Stadium), won their state and national categories at the 2020 Australian Steel Excellence Awards, with a third, Osborne South Development Project, honoured as a state winner in the Large Projects category.

The Australian Steel Excellence Awards, presented by the Australian Steel Institute, recognise high standards across the Australian steel supply chain, promote excellence in using Australian steel in design and celebrate collaboration and achievements of the Australian steel industry.

Aurecon’s Chief Executive, Australia & New Zealand, Louise Adams, said the awards demonstrated the company’s excellence in structural steel design and innovation.

“At Aurecon, we are focused on bringing innovative buildings and structures to life for our clients with durability, function, connection to surroundings, aesthetics, safety and sustainability top of mind. We are proud to receive these awards, which attest to the high level of knowledge and experience our people have in steel design,” she said.

Yagan Square, Perth
Steel Clad Structures category (Western Australia and National)

Yagan Square is a landmark piece of cultural and civil infrastructure, connecting Perth’s central business district to the Northbridge cultural precinct. A key feature of Yagan Square is its 45m tall digital tower formed with a cluster of steel tendrils, representing native reeds, water and the 14 aboriginal language groups of the Noongar community.

Michael Pearce, Senior Structural Engineer at Aurecon, said using steel was critical to achieving the project’s architectural vision.

“More than just a transit area connecting public transport and walking routes, Yagan Square is an iconic piece of infrastructure that breathes new life into Perth’s vibrant culture. The efficient use of steel allowed us to bring our client’s vision to life, while ensuring project safety and durability,” Pearce said.

Aurecon provided innovative structural, civil, traffic, environmental, wind and geotechnical engineering solutions for the project.

CommBank Stadium, Sydney
Buildings – Large Projects category (New South Wales and National)

CommBank Stadium is one of the most important social and sporting infrastructures in New South Wales (NSW). Delivered by the NSW Government, Lendlease, Aurecon and Populous, this world-class stadium effectively uses exposed steel to depict the rich manufacturing and industrial heritage of Parramatta and the greater Western Sydney area.

Patrick Beshara, Project Manager, Structures, Building, Lendlease recognised Aurecon’s outstanding work in the project during his award acceptance speech.

“Stadium roofs of this nature generally require a significant amount of working at height and steel provided us with some flexibility in and around solutions that could reduce that working at height by modularising the roof structure. There was a whole body of work that was undertaken by our engineers, Aurecon, to assist us with designing the structure,” Beshara said.

Osborne South Development Project
Buildings – Large Projects category (South Australia)

Comprised of more than 25,000 tonnes of Australian steel, Aurecon helped develop Australia’s world-leading naval and shipbuilding industry hub – Osborne South Development Project.

The shipyard is home to Australia’s two largest naval projects, the Collins-class submarine sustainment and the Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer. It’s also the build location for the nation’s AUD50 billion Attack-class submarine programme and the AUD35 billion Hunter-class frigate programme – as well as future frigate and future destroyer programmes for continuous shipbuilding in Australia.

Aurecon provided full-lead consulting engineering and advisory services in partnership with the key project leadership team of Australian Naval Infrastructure, Odense Maritime Technologies and Lendlease.

Peter Tautor, Industrial Structures Practice Leader at Aurecon, said the project’s colossal size and the smart use of steel and digital capabilities made it a world-leading naval and shipbuilding project.

“The Osborne South Development Project is fit-for-purpose and, to the maximum extent possible, future-proofed. This will ensure that the shipyard will be able to meet the complex needs for Australia’s evolving shipbuilding requirements,” Tautor said.

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