Arena Development


Arena Development
Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle, NSW


Direct to Builder: Richard Crookes Constructions

Construction Budget


Project Details

The development comprised two linked apartment buildings:

  • Building 1: 8 Storey apartments + 2 Storey underground carparking
  • Building 2: 16 Storey apartments + 4 Storey underground parking

Challenge Faced / Engineering Problem Solved:

  • Convict mine workings requiring variable founding solutions
  • Earthquake Design requirements to suit stages building construction
  • High lateral wind forces due to coastal exposure
  • High corrosivity due to coastal exposure

Safe Strong Stable Solution

Construction systems used included:

  • Building supported on pad footings and grout injected concrete piles
  • Jointed reinforced concrete basement slabs
  • Anchored contiguous pile shoring basement perimeter walls
  • Post-tension suspended concrete systems
  • Structural steel framed roof and awnings

Engineering Design Services / Reviews

  • Earthquake and wind modelling, analysis and design
  • Footing and pile foundation design using reinforced concrete
  • Conventionally reinforced basement slab design
  • Suspended concrete upper level slab and beam designs using post tension systems
  • Structural steel column and wall analysis and engineering design
  • Structural steel roof rafters, purlins and awning framing analysis and engineering design

Project Type

Existing Building Demolition
New Building Construction

Engineering Type

Structural and Civil
Construction Phase Services

Project Stages

  • Site Investigation and Assessment of deep excavations and mine workings
  • Structural Engineering Design and Documentation
  • Design Workshops and Project Meetings
  • Design Coordination All Consultants, Client and Principal Contractor
  • Safety in Design / Environmental Considerations
  • Construction Phase Services – Site Inspections, RFIs, Shop Drawing Reviews


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Let’s Design Safe, Stable & Strong Solutions Together!