Suters Architects and ARTAS Architects to redevelop Tasmania’s Blundstone Arena
This collaboration has created a design that revitalises of a sense of community through the creation of improved pedestrian access and safe areas for crowds to congregate. In addition to this there is a greater access to public transport links with a combination of new and existing structures that tie in with the environment.
The redevelopment has been described by the architects as embracing the philosophy of community sport. The new arena will cater for greater national and international cricket with the addition of AFL matches. In some events the facility will increase its seating capacity to 20,000 seats.
‘The redeveloped Blundstone Arena Bellerive will bring together amenities for the wider community and elite sport facilities for both, cricket and AFL.' said Mike McGrath, Suters Senior Associate. ‘The architecture is inspired by the sailboats on the Derwent River and creates accessible, stimulating and comfortable environments for all users' needs, management of efficiencies, supervision and security,'
The design maximises the use of retained structures which houses new elite training and rehabilitation facilities. The structure is connected to a refurbished Members Stand creating new access points and circulation around the arena. In addition to this there is a new entry and stand which will be developed to replace the infrastructure on the eastern side of the ground.
‘An information phase has begun with all the ground's stakeholders. We look forward to working with stakeholder groups over the coming days to ensure we deliver a truly community focused facility,' said Scott Curran, Project Architect and Director of ARTAS Architects.