Aurecon provides innovative engineering solutions to blend classic architecture with contemporary designs to expand SkyCity Adelaide’s offering and contribute to the Riverbank precinct.
The 31 000m2 expansion of the SkyCity Adelaide project is complete, transforming the area into an integrated, internationally-recognised, entertainment precinct along the city’s riverbank.
The expansion includes new and refurbished entertainment areas, conference centres and signature restaurants, and one of Adelaide’s newest and highest rooftop bars. The development also includes a 120-room luxury hotel (EOS by SkyCity), a wellness centre including day spa, pool, and gym.
Helping to bring this entertainment precinct to life is Aurecon’s multidisciplinary engineering skills: civil, traffic, geotechnical, structural, wind, acoustics, façade and vertical transportation. Aurecon worked intimately with SkyCity Adelaide to understand its business model which was to create an entertainment resort as a drawcard for tourism in South Australia.
The project is the latest addition to Aurecon’s portfolio of iconic Adelaide Riverbank projects including the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Adelaide Convention Centre Stage 1 and 2, River Torrens Riverbank Footbridge, Festival Plaza Redevelopment and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
The SkyCity Adelaide project connects to three floors of the adjacent historic and heritage-listed Adelaide Railway Station. Aurecon worked closely with the heritage and building architects to blend the classic façade of the existing railway station with the contemporary form of the new project.
Aurecon’s skillset in staged construction sequencing, blended with innovative construction techniques and temporary works was pivotal in enabling completion of early works packages and triggering subsequent phases of the Adelaide Riverbank Precinct transformation to commence.
Working closely with stakeholders, the early works included grade separation for pedestrians and vehicles, including construction of a new basement against the 1920’s historic station, and within an existing building. This allowed for the free movement of pedestrians at plaza and concourse level, providing a critical link from the city to the riverbank precinct and surrounding parklands, while allowing construction to occur above and below.
The physical environment proved challenging with regards to site access, constructability, proximity to adjacent heritage buildings (Adelaide Railway Station, Dunstan Playhouse and Adelaide Festival Centre), and working within high profile operating public spaces.
Our acoustic engineers analysed the noise and vibration for construction works and permanent condition to ensure that the structural integrity of the existing buildings’ foundations, and the design, complied with noise requirements.
Aurecon structural engineers used ‘engineering gymnastics’ to create a structure that partially overhangs the existing station building with the new expansion, by utilising a series of splayed columns, transfer walls and cantilevered floors. This enabled the client to maximise available building space and provide multiple links into the existing building across multiple levels while being sympathetic of building offsets and sight lines to adjacent heritage buildings.
Seismic and construction engineering was critical to understanding the behaviour and performance of the new structure, how it could be built safely, and how it interfaced with the 100-year-old railway station building.
Aurecon held detailed presentations with the contractor and trade contractors to brief them on the design intent and key drivers of the design and worked collaboratively to safely construct the building. This collaborative and integrated approach ensured that the architectural design intent was met without compromise on quality while achieving a structurally-efficient design.
Engineering ingenuity was used to design the transfer structure midway up the building. This floor represented a change in structural grids between the lower podium floors, where the focus is on column-free spaces, and the upper hotel floors where efficient room planning, and minimising structural depth was key. Adding complexity was the 100-tonne pool and spa on this level, and the client’s requirement for a large, column free, conference centre below to maintain function and maximise hiring attractiveness.
The project is a luxurious entertainment and resort precinct of world-class calibre in the heart of Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct. Aurecon is proud to be a part of the shared vision and ambition to reinvent and reinvigorate Adelaide as a cosmopolitan and alluring destination that’s competitive in the domestic and global tourism markets.
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