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Sports complexes including athletics, swiming, cycling, gymnastics, tennis, basketball, hockey and other large enclosures.

These structures will often involve tensioned membrane roof panels, large span trusses, arches, cablenets or other forms of lightweight structures.

The following articles are in random order:

 

Entrant: MakMax Australia - Designer
Location: Prince Alfred Park - North End Lake - Port Elizabeth South Africa
Client: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality
Architect: GMP Architects
Struct. Eng.: Schlaich Bergermann & Partners

Others: MakMax (Installation)
Builder: Grinaker / Interbeton JV
Fabricator: MakMax Australia

This project was entered in the LSAA 2009 Design Awards, Category 3 (Large Structures, #3001)

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Project Entry in LSAA 2011 Design Awards (Cat 6, 6983)

APPLICATION OF PROJECT

AAMI Park is Melbourne’s first purpose built venue for football (soccer), rugby league and rugby union. The 30,000-plus seat stadium offers a world class arena and playing surface for all three codes with an unparalleled spectator experience in terms of sightlines, atmosphere and amenity

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

AAMI Park, with its iconic bio-frame roof, fills a gap in Melbourne’s renowned suite of sporting facilities and increases the city’s ability to attract national and international events.

Home to the Victory, Hearts, Storm, Rebels and Melbourne Football Club teams, the stadium also features a sports medicine centre, elite training facility and administration complex, making it a true sports campus for Melbourne.

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The Adelaide Oval is a world class cricket facility that has been the focus of a $535 million redevelopment which was completed in 2014.

The slider shows some images from a visit in July 2015.

Photo Credits: Peter Kneen

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The LSAA 2007 Conference held at the Gold Coast included a site visit to the nearby Robina Stadium which was under construction. The stage of construction was the installation of the tensioned fabric roof panels.

The following are some images taken during that visit.

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The Optus Stadium is the brand new 60,000 seat sports stadium in Perth.

Two of the LSAA member companies - Arup and MakMax - have been involved in the design and construction of the roof structure.

The Arup design team attended the cracking one day cricket game between Australia and England for the first major event at Optus Stadium. The feature of the stadium is the lightweight cantilevering roof that has a clean fabric membrane soffit and those huge speakers pack a punch. Unfortunately we lost the day only by a few runs but the atmosphere was great.

 

Entrant:  Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd

  • Location:  Doha, Qatar
  • Client:  Lakhwiya Sports Club
  • Completion Date:  February 2013

This project was entered in the 2013 LSAA Design Awards (Cat 4, #6515)

The development is to create a new stadium for the local Qatar League team ‘Lakhwiya’. The works involve creating a 15,000 seat stadium with 4 grand stand sun shading roofs.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Lakhwiya Football Club is local league champions in 2012 and 2013. The development is to create a new home stadium for this team. Al Khayyat Development were provided with the brief to carry out a design and build facilities for (not only) the stadium but associated facilities of car parking, gymnasium and ancillary buildings

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Entrant: Tensys Engineering Pty Ltd
Location: Robina, Qld.  Client: The State of Qld. Major Sport Facilities Authority
Architect: Populous (formerly HOK SVE)  Struct. Eng.: SKM  Specialist: Tensys Engineering Pty Ltd
Others: Beenleigh Steel Fabrications Pty Ltd  Builder: Watpac Limited  Fabricator: Hightex GmBh

This project was entered in the LSAA 2009 Design Awards, Category 3 #3066

Skilled Park, located in the suburb of Robina on the Gold Coast, was officially opened in March 2008 and is the home ground of NRL club Jetstar Gold Coast Titans and new football club Gold Coast United Football Club who joined the A-League in 2009.

The multi-purpose sporting and entertainment stadium was constructed over a two-year period and includes seating for 27,400 spectators.

Designed to be suitable for all rectangular field sports including Rugby League, Rugby Union and Football, the stadium includes 100 open corporate boxes

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First Day-Night Cricket Test at the Rennovated Adelaide Oval

The first day-night cricket test was held at the recently renovated Adelaide Oval. 

A swinging pink ball was a factor in the very close and low scoring game which Australia managed to win.

Another factor in the success of the inaugral day-night test was the Adelaide Oval with its recently completed new stadiums. 

This type of stadia are the kinds of iconic structures that our members are passionate about.

Here are some images that I took in July 2015 - unfortunately not during the test.

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A model of the $535 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval project - taken 2015
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Several recent stadia roofs have employed the structural concept broadly described as a bicycle wheel.

In this concept there is the outer rim, or compression ring supported at regular intervals around the circular or near circular grandstand.

Radial elements span into a central hub - like the spokes of a wheel joining onto the axle hub. Schlaich Bergermann Partner are considered pioneers in using this concept - such as for the stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

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Structural Design of the Arch and Roof of Wembley Stadium

Kourosh Kayvani, PhD, FIEAust, CPEng 
Aurecon, Sydney, Australia

ROOF DESCRIPTION

The aim of the new Wembley Stadium was to design and build a state-of-the-art national stadium, unlike any other in the world. The new stadium, with its elegant exposed steel structure arch, is an international icon as was the old stadium with its twin towers which was built in 1923.

The design brief required the roof not to cover the playing field which lead to one unique aspect of the roof in that it partially retracts over the seats to allow the daylight to reach all points of the pitch and thus a shadow-free playing field.

The retractable roof is formed by seven separate independently driven roof panels totalling 15,000 sqm that move in a parallel motion to the south as they "open" and stack on the top of one another when in a fully "open" position.

With the retracting roof panels all moving to the south, the roof design exploits the opportunity to have a tall, structurally efficient structure on the north side to support the north and south roofs. The solution was to have an elegant and structurally efficient arch which spans the entire width of the stadium's seating bowl (Figure 1).

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