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Mott MacDonald appointed on Adelaide Oval upgrade

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the Government of South Australia to carry out design and project management services for the AU$450M (£281M) upgrade of Adelaide Oval sports stadium in Australia.

The Adelaide Oval dates back to the 1870s and is regarded as one of the world’s most picturesque cricket grounds. The project aims to create an internationally recognised iconic, world class multi-sport 50,000 seat stadium that will serve the needs of both cricket and soccer, the latter of which was last played there over half a century ago.

An international standard indoor cricket centre will be included within the stadium complex and it is envisaged that it will become the home of cricket in South Australia.

On the south side of the river a plaza will be created for community events and functions. The ground’s new stands will feature barbeque terraces along more than 2,000 dining spaces, hospitality suites, open boxes, bars and food courts. The work is due for completion in 2014.

Mott MacDonald project director David Johnson said: “The Oval has a rich heritage and is an amazing setting – surrounded by parkland but within walking distance of the city centre. Mott MacDonald has a wealth of experience in delivering world class building projects around the world and our team brings together people who have worked on some of the world’s greatest sporting venues. We’re embracing the Ovals’ history, preserving those things that make it so special, while bringing the best of the new.”

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