AMI Stadium Limited
Athfield Architects & Ellerbe Becket
“It is a measure of what has been achieved at Jade Stadium that the West Stand can be confidently placed alongside the major public buildings that were built in Christchurch during the 1970s.”
Ian Lochead Architecture New Zealand, July/August 2002
The South and West Stands completed stage one of a masterplan for the redevelopment of Jade Stadium in which four discrete but interlinked quadrant components would be progressively incorporated into the existing infrastructure.
Stage 1 comprised the stand-alone South Stand of 6,750 seats and West Stand with 16,000 seats, 30 corporate boxes and lounge facilities.
The stands are arranged around a continuous public concourse 5 metres above ground level, one of the key design decisions for the project, which separates public circulation from that of the players, officials and stadium staff at ground level.
A second key decision was the adoption of radial precast concrete walls, in preference to column and beam frames, and the related three tiered cross section which provided the maximum amount of covered seating within the restricted budget.
Public circulation upwards from the concourse is by freestanding, steel mesh enclosed, ramps and stair towers with elevators integrated at each end of the main stand.
NZIA New Zealand Architecture Supreme Award 2003
NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award – Community and Cultural 2003