Baulderstone Pty Ltd (now Lend Lease) was awarded the construction contract to redevelop Adelaide Oval in October 2011.
Baulderstone is one of the largest building and engineering companies in Australia and brings to the project extensive experience gained building Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium. At its peak Baulderstone had more than 800 people working on the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval.
Following the completion of the Riverbank master plan, the State Government appointed a consortium led by engineering firm Aurecon and comprising designers Taylor Cullity Lethlean and architects Tonkin Zulaihka Greer to design the footbridge across the River Torrens.
The bridge launches directly west of the Dunstan Playhouse at the level of the Adelaide Railway Station concourse. The northern landing point creates an extended plaza area linked on event days on Telstra Plaza to the Adelaide Oval via the closure of War Memorial Drive.
The Adelaide Oval has a total capacity of 53,500. On the Northern Mound there is seating for 3,000 and standing room for 3,500. The Western Stand has a capacity of 14,000 seats, the Riverbank Stand has 14,000 seats and the Eastern Stand has 19,000.
Protecting the heritage and beauty of Adelaide Oval Is paramount to the redevelopment project.
The revamped northern mound now boasts 2100 square metres of grass, complemented by almost 900 square metres of timber decking which winds its way through the Moreton Bay fig trees to create a unique viewing platform. And, the area is of course highlighted by the famous heritage scoreboard.
The redevelopment is also considerate of the views that have long been a part of coming to the Adelaide Oval and several carefully designed gaps in the architecture in the north and east will ensure the oval remains carefully integrated into the surrounding parklands.
Environment and parklands
A comprehensive Construction Environmental Management Plan is a key element of the Adelaide Oval redevelopment. It will ensure construction activities do not adversely impact upon the environment, indigenous and non-indigenous heritage, local and neighbouring communities and construction workers. This plan will be continually monitored and updated throughout the life of the project.
The redevelopment provides the opportunity to revitalise the surrounding parklands through landscaping, improvements to footpaths, new park furniture and works to improve drainage and turf management.
The State Government is working closely with the Adelaide City Council to develop a comprehensive landscaping plan. A Sustainability Management Plan is also in place to ensure the facility maximises the use of renewable and recyclable resources while minimising energy and water use as well as waste generation.
Adelaide Oval will comply with the key aspects of the FIFA requirements including; lighting, a levelled playing field, media facilities, change rooms including a players mixing zone and security. Modifications would need to be made to make the oval fully FIFA compliant, including building temporary stands on the northern mound.
Adelaide Oval will exceed Australian design standards for stadium toilet facilities by 30 percent when the redevelopment is fully completed. Toilets are located on every level of the Riverbank and Eastern stands and there will be multiple family rooms and access toilets included throughout the stadium.
For detailed maps and toilet locations throughout the stadium see Venue Maps for more information.
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