Engineering genius: Adelaide Oval

This historic sports venue is in the midst of a $535m redevelopment

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The $535m redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval cricket ground continues apace. The ground is being redeveloped on behalf of the Government of South Australia by contractor Baulderstone under a $355m construction contract into a 50,000-seat multipurpose sports venue.

The Chappel and Bradman stands have already been demolished to make way for new southern and eastern stands seating 14,000 and 19,000 spectators respectively.

Work on the Northern Mound at the ground was completed and handed over on schedule in October last year.

Efforts have been made to preserve as many of the historic ground's features as possible, with the Northern mound, heritage scoreboard and Moreton Bay Fig trees on the site all being retained.

Moreover, more than 8,500 flip seats from the removed stands have been offered out to local sports clubs, with around 90 applying for seats. According to a project briefing issued by the South Australia government last year, 95% of the materials on the site will be recycled and 21 of 24 contracts with a value of $145m have been issued to South Australian companies.

Construction work on the project began in earnest last year, although the main Oval and Western grandstands are set to remain open throughout and cricket matches are set to recommence during the summer season at the end of the year.

Australian Rules Football games will begin again at the ground once work completes in March next year, and it will comply with FIFA requirements to host international football games.

At its peak, more than 800 people are expected to be working on the site and 95% of them are expected to hail from South Australia, according to the government.

A new footbridge across the River Torrens will link from west of the Dunstan Playhouse to the Adelaide Railway station concourse. The bridge has been designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and architects Tonkin Zulaihka Greer.

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