Memorial Drive Centre Court Stage 2 | Cox Architecture

Memorial Drive Centre Court Stage 2 | Cox Architecture | Photographer: Dan Trim

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Memorial Drive Centre Court Stage 2 | Cox Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
The Kaurna People of Kaurna Country
Year
2024
Chapter

South Australia

Category
Public Architecture
Builder
Kennett
Photographer
Bianca Marron
Dan Trimboli
Project summary

The redevelopment of Memorial Drive completes a 10-year transformation of one of Adelaide’s most loved sporting and performance venues.

Blending a rich history with contemporary new form, the re-imagined ‘Drive’ provides a major showcase of tennis and events, set within the context and intimacy of the existing southern stand and red brick arches that characterise the site. The project connects Memorial Drive to the Adelaide Oval Plaza, further enhancing the public realm offering and enhancing the activation of Riverbank.

This project marks a highly successful collaboration with our client Tennis SA. The Drive’s evolution has created a new benchmark for sporting and event facilities that celebrate their site, location and context.

The redevelopment of The Drive has maintained the intimacy of the venue for tennis, concerts, and community events. Importantly, the upgrade of the new grandstands compliments the historic South Stand from both an aesthetic and usability perspective. Spectators feel part of the action and can be as close to professional tennis as anywhere in the world.

The design and material selection honours the surrounding precinct and provides a range of spaces that take advantage of the precinct and city views. The spaces are highly flexible while still being a functional and efficient home for Tennis SA.

Philip Roberts, President

Project Practice Team

Zoe King, Director

Project Consultant and Construction Team

AECOM, Project Management
Alexander Symonds, Building Surveyor
Arup, Façade Engineer
Buildsurv, Certifier
LUCID, Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic, Fire, ESD, Acoustic, Vertical Transport Engineering
WGA, Structure & Civil Engineer

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