New Opening Stadium Roof over Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Park

As a result of the growing popularity of the Australian Open, the existing 6000 seat open air Margaret Court Arena is to be enlarged to a 7500 seat, year-round entertainment venue. The crowning feature of the venue will be the sleek operable roof which can be opened or closed in under five minutes, housing an arena suitable for tennis, basketball, netball and concert events. The operable roof allows international-standard “outdoor” tennis to be played, as well as providing the capacity to hang theatrical equipment for indoor concerts.

This presentation will focus on the structural design aspects of the roof and the challenges faced by the design team to provide the design within a restricted height envelope.  The operable roof added complexity and Peter will touch on the multitudes of considerations required for its design.

The presentation will be given by Peter Murenu.

Peter Murenu is a Technical Director and Structural Engineer of Aurecon.  Peter has over 19 years consulting engineering experience specialising in the design (from concept through to detailed design) of major and complex projects including stadia, commercial, entertainment, rail related, institutional and heavy industrial schemes

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