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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:

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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South and Western stands
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Concourse walkway Southern Stand
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Stage 1 of the redevelopment
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A model of the $535 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval project - taken 2015
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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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Entered in the LSAA 2011 Design Awards (Cat 4, 4003)

This project was ambitious from the beginning; a large scale elevated cover over three grandstand seating structures presented a few structural challenges.

The purpose as with many tensile membrane projects was a combination of shade and weather cover. Each seating section required these basic needs met while maintaining a uniform style and aesthetic appeal through out. Our client, The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, requested minimal connections to the supporting grandstand structure, leaving more space beneath for spectator seating.

The project was designed to create a unique feature to the venue. Often large scale tension membrane roofing contribute a large amount to the look and feel of a venue, it’s a prominent feature and one that needs to be eye-catching and unique.

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

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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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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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LSAA 2011 Design Awards Entry (Cat 4, Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand Redevelopment 

APPLICATION OF PROJECTStructural design of lightweight diagrid grandstand roof

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand Redevelopment comprises the partial demolition and reconstruction of the existing heritage listed western members grandstand into a new A$116m 14,000 seat grandstand. The iconic grandstand was opened for the 2010 Ashes Second Test Match to rave reviews.  The diagrid roof forms the centrepiece of the new grandstand achieving structural spans up to 55m with arched 219CHS sections leading to an elegant and exceptionally light (55kg/m2) roof solution to provide the required cover to the grandstand patrons with unobstructed views and designed to withstand 180kph design wind speeds.

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Entrant: Structurflex Ltd - Engineering Fabrication Installation
Location: Sandy - Salt Lake City Utah USA
Client: Salt Lake County - Utah & Real Salt Lake
Architect: Rossetti Architects
Struct. Eng.: Wade Design Engineers & Wayne Rendely PE
Builder: Turner Construction
Fabricator: Structurflex

This project was entered in the LSAA 2009 Design Awards, Category 3 #3002

No further details have been entered to date.

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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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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

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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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