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From oval to all-round: the evolution of Adelaide’s Riverbank precinct

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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.

Rather than a mere footbridge, the bridge is the umbilical cord that links the Oval Stadium and its infrastructure on the north shore to a host of new projects on the south riverside, including the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute project (SAHMRI).

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

A picture of the Adelaide Oval’s Bradman GrandstandGlobal 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.

A picture of the River Torrens footbridge

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:

The Oval Stadium and the neighbouring Riverbank projects will serve the people of Adelaide proudly and well, far into the future.

About Kourosh Kayvani

Professor Kourosh Kayvani is Aurecon’s Global Sports & Entertainment Expertise Leader. Over a 25-year career, Dr Kayvani played key roles in the design of many innovative and award-winning structures, including many sports stadia. He was a senior design engineer on a number of sports facilities for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, including the Baseball Stadium (now known as SKODA Stadium), International Hockey Centre, and the International Aquatic Centre Olympic Extension and Legacy modes. He was also involved in a number of stadia used for Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, including Etihad Stadium, the MCG, and Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Kourosh was the lead designer and project leader of the iconic arch and roof of Wembley Stadium in London. He gained a wealth of experience on this FIFA-compliant stadium, having been involved in it since the development of first concepts in 1998 right through the completion of its construction in 2006.

Dr Kayvani’s experience with design and design review of major soccer stadiums also include Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide, TEDA Stadium in China, Energy Australia Stadium in Newcastle, AAMI Park in Melbourne, and Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, the latter being a FIFA 2010 World Cup stadium in South Africa.

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