The Western Bulldogs Football Club is undergoing a revolutionary re-imagining of its traditional home, Victoria University Whitten Oval, and the broader Whitten Oval precinct.
The Whitten Oval Redevelopment and the redeveloped Whitten Oval precinct will become the centrepiece of Melbourne’s west, a home for both a professional sporting club and a common place for the community.
The project involves revitalising and expanding the stadium with Interspan, the post-tension works contractor, under the employment of Domain Concrete.
The project is expected to significantly impact the stadium’s capacity and infrastructure, providing a state-of-the-art training ground for the Western Bulldogs AFL team and enhancing the overall sporting experience for fans.
ADCO Constructions is the main contractor responsible for overseeing the entire project, while Domain Concrete is the frame contractor that employed Interspan to handle the post-tension works.
Interspan’s involvement in the Whitten Oval Redevelopment is on a design and construct basis for the post-tension works.
The decision to employ Interspan in the design process, given their expertise with Ram Concept and RAPT analysis and design software, offered savings in post-tension and reinforcement. Interspan also designed and supplied Surelok Shear Connectors for Temporary Movement Joints (TMJ’s).
The redevelopment commenced its post-tension works in May 2023, and the completion date is set for August 2023.
Practical Completion is expected in the following months.
Interspan Design Team
The experienced design team at Interspan utilised sophisticated design and analysis software, including Rapt and Ram Concepts, allowing for precise calculations and intricate detailing.
Particular consideration was given to restraint and the requirement for temporary release in the basement slabs. To mitigate the impact of the restraint and allow the prestress to enter the slabs, Interspan designed and detailed a mix of horizontal and vertical dowel bars.
This strategy encompassed a total installation of more than 1,500 dowel bars throughout the entirety of the project.
The Liverpool Civic Place boasts an essential role in community enrichment. Housing new Council offices and Chambers, a city library, a vibrant community hub, and even a childcare facility, the development encapsulates a holistic approach to communal well-being.
The civic plaza serves as a dynamic, open space for gatherings and events, underscoring the project’s commitment to fostering connection and interaction.
Interspan’s work on the project started in March 2022 and concluded in May 2023, with practical completion set for the coming months.