Nelson Mandela Bay Multipurpose Stadium

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

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Metricon Stadium - Carrara, Qld. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Carrara Stadium was originally built in the late 1980’s and played host to a number of events however the venue has traditionally been a football ground. The decision to redevelop the site came as a welcome change to many sporting fans. The redevelopment is also in line with the Queensland government’s bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The newly named and revamped Metricon Stadium is built to accommodate a Australian Rules football oval, world standard cricket oval, provision to allow future installation of an athletics field and international standard soccer field including all the associated corporate, media and player facilities. The Queensland Government funded project secures a future for sport of all kinds in the region, opens the possibility to world class soccer coming to the region as well as other major national and international sporting events.

As with any world class stadium the design incorporated a tensile membrane roof component. Covering 70% of the seating capacity at the venue this roof is a major part of the facilities function and aesthetics.

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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.

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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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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Southern Stand
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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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