Adelaide Oval redevelopment highlights Sika coloured concrete technology.
Sika has supplied 12 tonnes of concrete pigment for the new pedestrian zone of the redeveloped Adelaide Oval, complementing the venue’s heritage architecture.

The recent $535 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval in South Australia has seen the premier sporting and entertainment venue grow its seating capacity to a total of 50,000 spectators. The new oval also boasts standing room for a further 3,000, a new pedestrian footbridge and a completely redeveloped surrounding concreted area to provide fans with easy access to the stadium.

Coloured concrete was chosen to seamlessly integrate the new concreted area with the stadium’s existing design and heritage, whilst creating visual impact for visitors. The project’s architects selected the concrete colour as well as the aggregate colour and size.

Sika was appointed to supply more than 12 tonnes of Sika ColorFlo® oxide bags in Ginger SK288 pigment for the new concrete area, and worked closely with Hallett Concrete and Ossmic Concrete Constructions to identify a solution that met the architects’ brief. The mass of oxide used for each batch was weighed using a balance to provide a consistent coloured concrete result.

“Successfully applying coloured concrete is more than just adding a pinch of pigment,” said Joe Maiolo, technical manager at Hallett Concrete, who was contracted by the architects. A range of planning and quality assurance procedures need to be undertaken to ensure a successful application.

“We worked closely with Sika to deliver on the architects’ specification for an earthy tone. This included three iterations and providing a range of sample panes before the colour was approved.

“Sika was efficient and responsive during the process, delivering on time and on budget. Their wide range of colours also allowed us to easily adapt our offering to meet the architects’ brief,” add Maiolo.

The use of coloured concrete has grown rapidly over the last ten to fifteen years, as it is a sustainable and attractive option for designing concrete structures and building components.

As part of its ColorFlo® range, Sika offers more than 60 different concrete pigments, available in liquid and dry pigment concentrates. Sika ColorFlo® bagged colour pigments are packaged in water-soluble bags that can be added directly to the concrete truck or mixer.

For a technical product guide or further information, contact Sika Australia on 1300 223 348.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Contractor: Hallett Concrete / Ossmic Concrete Constructions

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