From oval to all-round: the evolution of Adelaide’s Riverbank precinct
The award-winning redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand, Australia – together with the provision of an architecturally unique footbridge across the nearby River Torrens for sports fans – has triggered the transformation of the surrounding, broader precinct.
What’s more, the famous stadium has taken an even further bold step into the future and is no longer the exclusive preserve of the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) through its new partnership with the Adelaide Football League.
Creation of an iconic grandstand
Global engineering management and specialist technical service group, Aurecon, worked closely with SACA and the consultant team to deliver an iconic replacement for the Oval’s Sir Edwin Smith Stand, the George Giffen Stand and the Moyston Evan Stand, now renamed the Bradman Stand, in deference to the expanded involvement in the stadium. Providing total engineering services, Aurecon achieved a striking grandstand roof which is among the lightest and most elegant in Australia, reflected in numerous awards, including Winner in the Large Project - Buildings Category of the Australian Steel Institute Steel Design Awards 2012, South Australia chapter.
Aurecon also provided sophisticated evacuation modelling to maximise spectator safety, specialist sports lighting to enable day-night events; long-span floor structures to maximise space flexibility and ease of pedestrian movement as well as instigated safety procedures, to minimise risks during construction, operation and maintenance. The AUD535-million total redevelopment will culminate in a 50 000-seat, world-class stadium.
In addition to the stadium project, Aurecon is playing a significant role in two other riverside projects:
The River Torrens Bridge – a glass act
Although the exciting new AUD40-million River Torrens footbridge was opened temporarily for the Ashes cricket test held at the Adelaide Oval in December 2013, Aurecon completed the project in 2014. The final phase of construction on the 255-metre-long by eight-metre-wide footbridge wrapped the elegant structure in 2 000 square metres of curved glass cladding.
To integrate the bridge with the south bank infrastructure, the project also involved redeveloping the Adelaide Festival Centre bistro, grand stairs and two water features. The glass wrap also added a multifunctional potential to the footbridge, opening up creative possibilities for its use as a theatre as well as ‘plug and play’ mini entertainment features along the length of the bridge.
Floating Riverbank Institute
In addition to the River Torrens Bridge, Aurecon also provided structural and services engineering for the recently opened landmark South Australian Health & Medical Institute building within the same precinct. The aesthetically awe-inspiring building is the first laboratory building in Australia designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating. Embodying an integrated solution for large-scale PV, energy-efficient lighting and overall systems control, the building is environmentally responsible and profitable as well as being a desirable, healthy place to work in.
Precincts are for people
For more than 50 years, Aurecon’s experts have built a reputation for technical excellence and innovation in bringing buildings and structures to life, so that they function efficiently, economically, safely and sustainably. Responding to the huge world-wide urbanisation trend, the company is focused on the need to provide well-integrated and designed solutions that contribute to the desirable ‘liveability’ of an environment for today’s needs and for future generations.
Adelaide’s revitalised Oval Stadium is a fine addition to Aurecon’s track record of involvement in stadium design. This includes: