Sydney Cricket Ground, NSW

Cox Architects

AW Edwards Pty Ltd


Over 5,000m2 of tapered FreeForm™
Tapered from 400mm down to 250mm
Sheets rolled to a maximum length of 45m

July 2014


The Project

The $197.5m redevelopment of the MA Noble and Donald Bradman stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) was completed in July 2014 to provide an additional 13,360 seats for the ground and deliver a world-class sports and recreation facility for NSW.

Fielders were contracted by AW Edwards Pty Ltd and Cox Architects to provide a roofing solution for the large canopy of the new pavilion, to provide coverage for 85% of the new seating.

The Process

The Fielders mobile roll-former was based on site at the SCG to roll the tapered FreeForm™ sheets to assist in a faster turnaround of the sheeting. The materials were hoisted by a crane to the top of the pavilion using a 48m spreader bar, in what was a 20 day roll and installation process from start to finish.

The Solution

Given the unique curved shape of the pavilion’s roof, the FreeFormTM standing seam profile was selected by the architect and builder as it was one of the only solutions capable of delivering on the complexity of the design brief.

The roof was to be sprung curved in both directions, creating concave radii from 120m in the centre, curving down to 55m at both ends, which relied on the flexibility of the FreeFormTM system to create the natural curves required to synthesise with the ‘helmet’ style outline of the canopy.

Over 5,000m2 of tapered white COLORBOND® FreeForm 0.75mm BMT was supplied, the material was tapered from 400mm down to 250mm to meet the natural curves of the structure.