I just thought you might like to have a longer look at this. One of our readers, Callum, spotted that the Westpac Stadium Trust had published a brochure – and the external cladding is still up for grabs apparently:
“Modern developments in stadium design and construction technology allow the Trust a number of options for the replacement of the exterior cladding.”
Sure does! Have a look at this!

I still can’t figure out why they forced Fletchers to replace the entire cladding of the stadium last year, if they had plans to replace the entire cladding anyway. Sounds like someone was getting a little uppity in a power struggle. Anyway – it seems that Populous – the architects formerly known as HOK / Lob Sport – have been playing around with some far more exciting forms than just a circular cake-tin. The pic above is very spikey – perhaps a real option – to make the Wellington stadium have its very own identity in the world, in a similar way that the Rock at the Airport has stamped its own mark (and no one seems to mind it now). Depending on what the cladding is made of, it could have a real effect on Wellington’s wind as well, perhaps. This second option, which appears to be glass, is likely to have an enormous cost I would have thought, compared to good old profiled zincalume profiled steel….

The inside, fortunately, is also planned to get a significant upgrade. Not before time too! Complaints about the Stadium seem to focus mainly on the quality of the food and the surroundings in which to eat.

Oh yes – and complaints about the roof too. Fairly comprehensively answered here by the Trust, (see lower down page), but first of all they noted the following points they were asked to deal with:

“The first step was to consult with key stakeholders, Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Positively Wellington Tourism, city and regional planners, venue hirers, members and corporate users, service providers such as caterers and neighbours. They told us to:
• Improve the entry plaza
• Cover the walkway
• Install a roof
• Build a 1000 seat dining room
• Add an indoor concert arena
• Reinstate the Thorndon overbridge
• Enhance the patron concourse experience
• Enhance the members lounge experience
• Consider the environment
• Improve media areas
• Upgrade the home team changing room
• Enhance the vehicle and traffic management
• Upgrade the technology
• Replace the external cladding.
In addition to the consultation process, Populous and the management and Trustees of the Stadium have pursued these and
other concepts, reviewed stadiums and other entertainment venues, and patron experiences throughout Australasia and internationally. Our Master Plan developments have been benchmarked against world’s best practice.”

Which seems like a fairly comprehensive set of issues to resolve really, and all of them highly relevant!
The 1000 seat dining room, an indoor arena, a roofed stadium, and a reinstated Thorndon Overbridge are not on the cards.
Here’s the answer to the question of the roof:

҉ۢ The Stadium is built of light weight concrete and cannot support any additional structures, therefore either additional foundation work would have to be done, or a separate structure built to support a roof

• There is a height restriction in the Thorndon area. The Stadium has a resource consent that permits us to build to only 26
metres. There would be many resource consent issues and potential problems with the neighbours in building a structure
covering the Stadium

• The existing light towers need to be at the current height mainly due to cricket requirements

• Any roof would need to be above the light towers

• Any roof construction needs to provide airflow within the Stadium so grass can grow

• It is likely that there would be serious wind loadings on a roof that would create major additional costs to resolve”

On another point completely: what progress is being made with the proposed revamp of TSB Arena, or a replacement, bigger venue? Somewhere like the Concourse of the Caketin of course? Has that gone away? Was it ever a real option to start with? Are we facing the Flight of the Concourse?

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