The new Tennis Centre Court Development for Tennis South Australia is the next step in its goal to rejuvenate the historic home of tennis in South Australia. The general objectives were to ensure the Memorial Drive tennis precinct and heritage of Memorial Drive is retained and provide a world-class, all-weather covered playing platform to enable ITF and WTA events to be hosted in Adelaide, establish year-round training facilities for the National Academy, and deliver a major community space for concerts, community events and other high-profile sports.

Project Detail/s

The Tennis Centre Court Development has transformed the centre court area to deliver a covered with a new steel-framed fabric structure that will span the existing court platform area and create a roof structure for the existing North and South stands.

– The existing roofs of both the north and the south stands were demolished;

– A new steel-framed fabric-covered roof designed and erected as a free-standing structure, independent of the existing stands;

– The fabric roof is trafficable and incorporates a roof safety system and access points. The roof drainage system is connected to new stormwater infrastructure, directionally bored through pinky flat with a discharge to the Torrens River, to meet the new configuration;

– New lighting is incorporated into the roof structure design which will deliver LED lighting and performance levels that will satisfy high-definition television requirements for tennis.

Construction Detail/s

– Freestanding steel-framed roof with light woven polymer weight roof membrane.

– Directionally bored storm water connected to the Torrens.

– Steel tube lozenge columns with steel tube canoe trusses.

– Specialist court lighting.

– Constructed to ATP regulations.


– Protecting all courts from construction damage.

– Letting of early trade packages and streamlined procurement for construction and transport logistics.

– Micromanagement of main subcontractors.

– Full escort of oversized-load steel deliveries in early hours of the morning (1am-5am).

– Timeframes and programme constraints due to tennis tournament deadline.


– Project completed in time for tournament by original PC date to a high standard.

– Strengthened relationship with client and consultants.


Phil Hole – Estimating & Commercial Manager

Paul Jennings – Construction Manager

Phil Barona – Project Manager

Kym Collins – Site Manager

Henry McCarthy – Contract Manager

Chris Lemar – HSE Officer

Phil Barona & Henry McCarthy – Estimators


2020 Engineering Project – Australian Steel Institute

Adelaide International 2020


Kennett’s off-site support, their systems, processes, and administration have been robust and professional. The skills, attitude and ability of the key project personnel have been evident from day one and have continued through to the present. The collaboration and trust established on this project has been critical to its progress.

Robert Tobin, Associate Project Management, AECOM