GMHBA stadium at Kardinia Park Stage 5 Redevelopment

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Stadium upgrade creates local opportunities

GMHBA stadium at Kardinia Park Stage 5 Redevelopment


A new northern standard will be delivered as part of the upgrade, increasing the seating capacity by 14,000 to 40,000. Works also include several major improvements including a new northern entry plaza, change rooms, a regional cricket hub and replacement facilities for the Geelong Cricket Club, and new media facilities. A local content target of 91% has been set for the project under the State Government’s Local Jobs First policy. BESIX Watpac is aiming to have more than 50% of subcontractors engaged on the project from the local Geelong region. The project is also targeting a minimum of 3% Indigenous employment with an aspirational goal of 6%, with a minimum of $1.2 million will be allocated to purchasing goods and services from social enterprises.


Geelong, Victoria

Kardinia Park Stadium Trust

$142 million

In Progress

2021 - 2024


local content target


subcontractors from Geelong region


aspirational Indigenous participation target


seating capacity


An engineering marvel

A Roof Above

A standout feature of the new stand is its impressive roof structure, extending 30m over the seating bowl and covering 75% of the stand's area. Comprising 17 roof modules, each boasts a fully clad truss spanning 43 meters in length and 10 meters in width, capable of bearing a weight exceeding 50 tonnes.

Each roof module underwent comprehensive pre-assembly, incorporating structural steel elements, cladding, PV panels, AV systems, lighting, and stormwater drainage. Pre-assembly took place within the Kardinia Park Precinct at two satellite sites around the existing stadium, utilising purpose-built assembly jigs. This approach effectively eliminated the risk associated with completing work at heights and resulted in no lost time injuries during the preassembly and installation.

Innovative Design and Construction Strategies

BESIX Watpac's commitment to excellence extends to innovative design and construction strategies. Close collaboration with stakeholders ensured meticulously coordinated design and documentation, ensuring compliance with authority and regulatory requirements. The implementation of alternative building precast and roof module structural systems optimised construction programs and minimised day-to-day running and maintenance costs.

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