ETSA Park Netball Stadium, SA
Duration: December 1996 to October 1997
Value: $10 million
Contract type: Lump Sum
Summary: Built Environs constructed a 6,000-m2 netball stadium with four indoor and 26 outdoor courts to help the South Australian Government transform abandoned railway yards in suburban Adelaide into a major sporting precinct.
Working within a tight budget, Built Environs applied its technical skills and innovative expertise to propose a novel flooring system that delivered the required savings in construction costs.
The special flooring system made programming critical. All heavy overhead work – frame, cladding, roofing and air-conditioning – had to be completed before the 3,500 m2 court area floor could be installed. The floor also had to be engineered to take the weight of one of the largest retractable seating systems in Australia, holding 1,021 people.
Earthworks were complex and required precise engineering. The 74,000-m2 site was covered in ash and cinders and was crossed by old railway lines. To prepare the sub-base for 26 outdoor courts that would not crack meant that the entire landfill had to be reconstituted. This work, using heavy earthmoving equipment, was executed under strict geo-technical controls. A total of 100,000 m3 of landfill material was mixed and laid to a specified compaction.
The entire project involved careful planning, and the selection and management of first-class subcontractors to meet the client’s quality and time expectations.
The project received a Professional Excellence in Building Award from the Australian Institute of Building and a High Commendation from the Master Builders Association of SA in 1998.