The expansion of Sunshine Coast Stadium is vital for South East Queensland’s entertainment and sporting industry as Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic Games bid progresses.

$68

M CONSTRUCTION VALUE

25%

CAPACITY INCREASE

10k

ADDITIONAL FIXED SEATS

75+

YEARS' COMBINED EXPERIENCE

project details

Location

Kawana Waters, Queensland

Client

Aspect Architects and Project Managers c/o Sunshine Coast Council

Project timeline

2021-2022

CHALLENGE

Funded by the Sunshine Coast Council, Sunshine Coast Stadium sought to undertake an extensive redevelopment of its premier sporting, leisure and entertainment facility, with key features of the project involving the expansion of the current western grandstand and development of a new eastern grandstand to increase the stadium’s total capacity.

The project required the engineering team to work within an existing stadium structure and grounds, deal with dynamically sensitive grandstand structures requiring analysis and design for multi-use scenarios, and adhere to requirements around locally sourced labour and materials for ease of construction.

WHAT WE DID

ADG Engineers was engaged by project architects Aspect Architects and Project Managers to design and deliver a series of strategic, structural engineering services to ensure the safety, longevity and optimisation of the project.

Led by ADG Engineers Managing Principal Noel Ward, services provided included:

Existing structure integration

  • Modelling and forensic analysis of existing structure condition and performance
  • Analysis of existing ground conditions to accommodate proposed design and minimise long-term secondary settlement impacts
  • Analysis of staged construction to ensure seamless interface between existing and new build.

Dynamic response analysis

  • Detailed dynamic analysis and modelling of steel frame grandstand
  • Modelling response of structure under complex crowd-loading scenarios, including multi-mode rhythmic response for concerts.

Simplified construction methodologies

  • Incorporation of simplified construction methodologies to suit the local trade market capability for ease of construction.
Results

Completion of Stage 1 of the project in late 2022 will result in the expansion of the existing western grandstand from 1,046 seats to 3,533 seats. A new, 12,000-seat eastern grandstand will also be unveiled, comprising a lightweight, tensile fabric roof, steel-framed infrastructure composite, steel concrete concourse, and precast concrete seating plats, boosting the venue seating capacity from 12,000 to 16,000. Delivery of the project will also see improved facilities for athletes and officials, expanded multi-purpose public spaces, enhanced first-aid facilities and improved spectator amenities.

Longer-term development will ultimately see the facility elevated to a world-class stadium capable of hosting 20,000 to 25,000 patrons, with expansion of the existing grandstand and a new, two-tiered grandstand opposite to be delivered in time for the 2032 Olympic Games, should Brisbane be successful in securing the event.

“Sunshine Coast Stadium is a key piece of Queensland Infrastructure which, once redeveloped, will have the potential to host sporting, recreational and entertainment events on an international scale.”

- Noel Ward, ADG Engineers Managing Principal - Project Director
the Team
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