Originally opened in 1970 by Queen Elizabeth II, Newcastle’s Hunter Stadium required a redevelopment of its Western Grandstand.
Aurecon’s involvement stretched from initial masterplanning concepts through to detailed design, documentation and construction services across all three stages of the development. Aurecon provided total engineering services for the project including structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, security, audio visual and lifts.
Aurecon worked actively with EJE Architecture to ensure clean and crisp detailing of all structural elements to provide an aesthetic solution while accommodating the large design forces generated, particularly by the seating tier structure and the roof.
A key requirement of the design process was to maintain operation of the stadium throughout construction, which included provision of temporary media facilities and corporate boxes.
In order to make a significant saving in treated mains water usage, storage tanks have been provided on the roof of the upper concourse level as part of a stormwater harvest system. Being fed from the main roof of the grandstand, the system allows for reuse of stormwater for playing field watering and toilet flushing.
Completed in April 2011, the new five-storey grandstand provides a world-class fixture for spectators and players, with permanent seating for 13 500 spectators, and vastly improved facilities and amenities for players, officials, spectators and the media. This includes permanent facilities for catering, function rooms and corporate boxes, ticketing, media and broadcast rooms, security and administration offices, multiple change and warm up rooms, toilets, and showers. Separate hot and chilled plunge pools are also provided for both the home and away teams.
The stadium’s permanent ground capacity has been increased to 33 000 spectators, which renders it capable of hosting future large-scale sporting events, as well as offering a venue for entertainment acts including concerts, operas and other spectaculars.
The new grandstand provides the iconic Newcastle Knights and Newcastle United Jets teams with a prominent identity through its vibrant building forms and clean, contemporary design.
The project received a high commendation at Engineers Australia’s Newcastle Division engineering excellence awards in 2012.
Aurecon is proud to have played an integral role in bringing this project to fruition.