In order to host national and international sporting events, Eden Park in Auckland underwent a major redevelopment to increase its seating capacity to 60 000 and to provide a world-class, multi-use venue for spectators and the media.
As an entertainment destination that caters to a wide range of sports fans, this redevelopment has progressed sports facility design to offer highly innovative, user-friendly and more durable structures driven by the latest technologies and world-class design features.
To meet the challenging demands of this nationally significant project, Aurecon was engaged to provide structural engineering, ground engineering, façade and wind engineering, day lighting and shading analysis, and sports lighting design services. Aurecon also provided specialist geotechnical and seismic engineering to the project, producing a site specific earthquake spectrum.
The stadium now boasts a 50 000 permanent seating capacity, which was temporarily increased to 60 000 for the 2011 rugby events. The upgrade included constructing a three-tier 22 000-seat South Stand, a 12 000-seat, two-tier East Stand, a Western Concourse, and modifications to the existing ASB Bank Stand to accommodate a new state-of-the-art sports lighting system to enable high definition television broadcasting.
Aurecon’s solution resulted in a number of New Zealand firsts to support the major features involved in the project. Some of the largest steel girders ever made in New Zealand were used to support the new roof. Complex shading and daylight analysis to address complex resource consent conditions, world-class sports lighting design and the first major ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) ‘NZ Landmark Fern’ façade, were significant achievements.