CLT enabled this high-profile project to be completed on time, within cost constraints, and with no disruption to operations at the iconic Adelaide Oval Stadium.
Adelaide’s Oval Hotel was the first to be integrated into a sports stadium in Australia. The stadium’s management wanted the hotel to blend into the existing structure, with the addition elevated above the public concourse and wrapped around the exterior structure of the Adelaide Oval.
Initially designed with a steel structure, this presented a challenge in terms of structural load. Located on the concourse of the stadium and supported by the substructure above the basement car park, the Oval Hotel’s overall building weight was critical. Further, any modifications to the existing substructure would have resulted in closure of operational and functional areas.
The tight fixed deadline, cost constraints and need to keep the stadium operational throughout construction meant that a Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structure was the optimal solution.
Built Environs proposed the timber solution and was able to access the site and begin fit-out works immediately. This was vital to keep up with the fast-paced construction programme, and the Oval Hotel was completed on-time in September 2020.
Built Environs’ Design Manager Jason Skinner managed the coordination of the interface between the existing structural steel and the new CLT. He conducted 3D point cloud surveys of the existing building establishing construction tolerances to coordinate interfaces of existing and new building connections. As the hotel curves around the existing stadium structure, the set out and geometry of each CLT panel was unique.
This preparation allowed for the pre-fabrication of the structural component of the hotel to be installed on-site with minimal clashes between the new and existing structure and services.
Jason summarised the successful outcome as being ideal for CLT in operational environments with the 3 positives of light weight, lower cost, and less time.
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