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Suncorp Stadium
by HOK Sport+Venue+Event & PDT Architects

            

IN THE ARCHITECTS WORDS

The 52,500 seat Suncorp Stadium, set on the edge of the Queensland capitals CBD, is the most modern dedicated rugby stadium in Australia. Designed specifically for rectangular pitch sports, the AU$280million redevelopment was completed on June 1st 2003, well on time to host the legendary State of Origin clashes and the nine games of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, including two quarter finals. Suncorp Stadium was a project of the Queensland Government undertaken by the Lang Park Redevelopment Joint Venture (Multiplex Constructions and Watpac) under a Design and Construct tender. HOK Sport + Venue + Event and PDT Architects completed architectural services for the project from its inception to its completion. They call Rugby "the game they play in heaven" and Brisbane's newly redeveloped Suncorp Stadium (formerly Lang Park) has a connection with the hereafter that not all might have expected. An integral part of the design of the stadium has been the incorporation of the historical Christ Church and its associated memorial cemetery into the stadium precinct. The nostalgia and history of the Rugby Grounds in the United Kingdom is legendary: the atmosphere of Cardiff Arms Park (now
 
 

Millennium Stadium): the closeness of Twickenham and the intimidation of Murrayfield. Suncorp Stadium, colloquially known as "the Cauldron" is one of the few rugby grounds of similar historical note in Australia. The project brief and its objectives was to build on this tradition and create the Cardiff Arms Park of the Southern Hemisphere, to become the most intimate and atmospheric rugby ground in Australia. The design of the stadium establishes a unique character reflecting the sub tropical climate and environment of Queenslands capital city. It blends and interprets traditional contextual architectural features into a clearly defined modern Australian piece of architecture. At the same time it seeks to repair a fragmented piece of the city's fabric by creating and defining a new precinct and providing improved access to the city and its main transport nodes. Suncorp Stadium has taken stadia design to a new level where the integration with the city is seen as fundamental to its success. Suncorp Stadium celebrates the sporting activity of its interior, while at the same time actively engaging the city as an impressive piece of civic architecture.
 
DETAILS

Location
Milton, QLD
Architect
HOK Sport+Venue+Event & PDT Architects
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Project Team
Project architect: HOK Sport + Venue + Event
Project architect: PDT Architects
Design architect: HOK Sport + Venue + Event
Design architect: PDT Architects
Project manager: Project Services
Structural consultant: Arup
Civil consultant: Arup
Electrical consultant: Connell Mott MacDonald (Connell Wagner)
Electrical consultant: John Goss Electrical
Mechanical consultant: Connell Mott MacDonald (Connell Wagner)
Mechanical consultant: Triple M Mechanical Services (QLD) Pty Ltd
Mechanical consultant: Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM)
Hydraulic consultant: MCWILLIAM CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Hydraulic consultant: Fairfield Plumbing
Hydraulic consultant: Connell Mott MacDonald (Connell Wagner)
Landscape consultant: EDAW Gillespies
Landscape consultant: Wilson Landscape Architects
Lighting consultant: Connell Mott MacDonald (Connell Wagner)
Lighting consultant: John Goss Electrical
Lighting consultant: Thorn Sports Lighting
Lighting consultant: Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM)
Lighting consultant: Norman Disney & Young
Acoustic consultant: Bassett Acoustics
Acoustic consultant: Hyder Consulting (Australia)
Environmental consultant: Sinclair Knight Merz
Quantity consultant: Davis Langdon Australia
Communications consultant: Flack and Kurtz
Communications consultant: Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM)
Communications consultant: GHD Group
Programming consultant: RCP (Resource Co-Ordination Partnership Pty Ltd)
Builder: Lang Park Redevelopment Joint Venture - Multiplex and Watpac Construction
Transport Engineers: Queensland Transport
Transport Engineer: Sinclair Knight Merz
Transport Engineer: Arup
Community Liason: Elliott Whiteing & Associates
Catering Consultant: Mike Driscall and Associates
Pitch Consultant: Arup
Pitch Consultant (Post Tender): YOUNG CONSULTING ENGINEERS PTY LTD
Fire Engineer: LINCOLNE SCOTT CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Heritage Architect: Allom Lovell Architects
Access Consultant: John Deshon Architect
Way finding and Signage: Dot Dash
Building Certifier: Project Services - Queensland Government
Vertical Transportation: Norman Disney & Young
Photographer: Mr Patrick Bingham Hall
Other Team Members : Alan Patching
Entered
2005


Photographs by Mr Patrick Bingham Hall, text by HOK Sport+Venue+Event & PDT Architects

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