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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:

The new 42,500 seat Allianz Stadium in Sydney was officially opened on August 28 2022.

Cox Architects were the Architects on this and the original stadium. John Holland were the builders.

The Media release can be viewed at https://www.allianzstadium.com.au/articles/allianz_stadium_official_open

Some other links are:

Wikipedia Article which describes the contractual story in some detail: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Football_Stadium_%282022%29

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YphXYWufXuM

Channel 7 News Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJoX0u5uQ3M

 Article in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/aug/30/after-all-the-grandstanding-a-sparkling-new-stadium-leaves-sydneys-same-problems-unresolved

More details later. (Aug 30 2022)

APPLICATION OF PROJECT

Stadium roof

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

CommBank Stadium (formerly Bankwest Stadium) is a 30,000-seat stadium in Parramatta, NSW Australia. The large 28,500m2 regional stadium is an initiative backed by the NSW Government to create an entertainment venue that was “made for the fans”.

Fabritecture’s scope was the design & construction of the impressive lightweight fabric structure roof utilizing a combination of Chukoh FGT-800 PTFE to provide shade to patrons and 300µm clear ETFE film eyelid roof to support pitch growth by allowing UV and natural light to pass through the membrane.

A large focus of the grandstand design was to bring patrons as close as possible to the field, creating a truly spectacular experience for all sports fans.

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

The first Test of the 2018-19 season between India and Australia was played at the Adelaide Oval. Congratulations to India for the win but it does seem as though the Aussies have a bit of fight in them. Onto the new stadium in Perth!

Various LSAA Members have been involved in the new roof structures at Adelaide. See this article for example.

Photo Credits: Peter Kneen

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Project entered in the LSAA 2018 Design Awards (Cat 5, 5085)

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:

Façade Structure

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

To create a lightweight façade structure for Jakarta Velodrome – extending the designs and concept developed with Cox Architecture for the Queensland State Velodrome for Indonesia.

A video of the completed project may be seen at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUPJvJ4xCtA

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LSAA 2018 Design Awards HIGH COMMENDATION - Category 6 Collaboration (6431)

Application: Mixed fabric PTFE and EPTFE Tensile Membrane Roof over the 60,000 seat Perth Optus Stadium.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The crowning cap of the New Perth Stadium is the “halo” roof that appears to float above the main seating bowl and façade. The use of architectural membrane materials created an ultra lightweight roof, enabling a lightweight steel frame to be constructed that compliments the minimal form of the roof.

The roof structure is a continuous fabric roof free from movement joints and integrated with lighting, PA and other systems. The translucent roof was enhanced by the use of 2 fabrics – a PTFE and an EPTFE fabric – with contrasting light transmissions creating a visually exciting texture to the Halo internally.

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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.

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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Detail connection
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A model of the $535 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval project - taken 2015
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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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Southern Stand
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South and Western stands
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Roof of Southern Stand
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Rear of Southern Stand
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Concourse walkway Southern Stand
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Detail 1
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Detail connection
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Eastern Side
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Western 2
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Stage 1 of the redevelopment
Western Stands
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A model of the $535 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval project - taken 2015
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