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Jane Nixon - Evolution of the Ken Rosewall Arena Sydney

Jane Nixon - Evolution of the Ken Rosewall Arena Sydney

Short Bio

Jane Nixon is an Associate Principal at Arup. She has been with Arup as a Structural Engineer for over 20 years and has been involved in an array of long span roofs and light weight structures around the world.  From the original light weight cable and fabric structure of  Khalifa stadium in Doha for the 2006 Asian Grames to the Singapore Sports Hub stadium roof in 2014. Jane’s Skills and experience has been through the concept stage, detailing and through to the construction sequencing stages of the project. As the re-use of existing building and adaptability becomes are more important topic of conversation in sustainability, Jane is interested in using light weight structures and simple cleaver solutions to enhance existing infrastructure as well as providing efficient structural solutions.

Title of Presentation

Evolution of the Ken Rosewall Arena Sydney.

Short synopsis of the presentation

Arup  carried out the structural design of the Tennis Centre for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, this included a light weight cost efficient structure to cover the seating.   The Ken Rosewall Arena was then given a new roof for the inaugural 2020  ATP cup. Arup’s skills and knowledge of the project as well as light weight structural skills resulted in an engineering led project from conceiving the solution and then delivering the project through tender, fabrication and erection.  The simple sustainable design brings new life to an existing facility and  enhances its use for the client and the public. Linked with the structural design was an integral services engineering team  who developed and demonstrated  a natural ventilated solution under the tent-like structure though detailed CFD analysis.  In this presentation we will take a brief step back to the original Sulman Award winning arena but then run through the roof development, digital documentation and the details to deliver the new roof in under 12 months.


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