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Douglas Partners has been assisting the Sport and Recreation sector for the last 50 years. Our Geotechnics, Environment and Groundwater expertise has been crucial in providing our clients with Integrated Practical Solutions, in fact we have 60,000 completed projects which is a testament of our success in meeting and exceeding client expectations. Douglas Partners has completed projects around Australia on major venues, stadiums, and sport grounds.


Victor Trumper Stand - Sydney Cricket Ground Project

DP were part of the team that designed the foundations for the new grandstand at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The $60 million grandstand replaced the Doug Walters Stand and the famous Yabba's Hill. The face of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has changed considerably since the first cricket match was played there in 1854. A venue revered by sportsmen and spectators alike, the SCG is easily recognisable by its heritage listed Members Pavilion and Ladies Stand.

The redevelopment saw an extra 2,800 seats added to the ground with a multi-level grandstand extending between the existing Churchill and O'Reilly Stands. The stand includes a basement service area, internal concourse, corporate suites and function rooms.
Douglas Partners’ scope of work included:
  • Geotechnical investigation including deep-rock coring and CPT testing;
  • Analysis and design of main structure foundation system;
  • Assessment of foundation conditions and advice on the retention of the historic "Ivy Wall“, light towers and adjacent grandstands;
  • Ongoing inspections and testing on site during construction, including advice and review of pile load testing.
Bruce McPherson, Principal from DP stated that “access for our site investigation, which included deep rock-cored bores and cone penetration tests (CPTs), was difficult with much of the area covered by seating, scoreboards, video and advertising screens. We used a combination of truck-mounted, Bobcat-Mounted and portable drilling equipment to achieve a reasonable coverage of the area. We are using this data, together with the results of several previous investigations at the SCG and Fox Studios to prepare a geotechnical model of the site.”



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