There has been a strong endorsement of the redeveloped MCG by each of the public, MCC members, corporate clients, sporting codes that use the ground, sponsors, advertisers and hospitality providers. A number of awards have followed:
The MCG was given Australia’s highest heritage honour – inclusion on the National Heritage List – in recognition of its contribution to Australian sport.
The MCG was awarded the State Government’s Victorian Heritage Icon Award, in recognition of its contribution to Victoria’s cultural identity.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame also saw fit to honour the redeveloped MCG with its “Spirit of Sport” Award for 2006, which recognises “an extraordinary sporting moment/event that captures the heart of the nation and which is destined to become part of Australian sporting history.”
Key redevelopment team members have also had their work recognised by their peers, including engineers Connell Wagner and Arup; and project manager Paul Steinfort and Associates, which won the 2006 Australian Institute of Project Management Achievement Award for Victoria.
The design of the MCG’s northern stand redevelopment has won more acclaim, with the project’s architects snaring a major award at the 2008 Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Architecture Awards.
The MCG5 architects – comprising Cox Sanderson Ness, Daryl Jackson Architects, Hassell, HOK Sport and Tompkins Shaw & Evans – are now in line for this year’s national Sir Zelman Cowan Award for public architecture, announced in October.
What the judges said…
“This major project is in a much revered venue with links to adjacent sporting precincts, thus its delivery had to deal with a great cultural and social responsibility. It is a project of immense complexity - spectator accommodation, movement and amenity in great numbers, a mirrored of often disparate facilities, multiple user identities and user patterns, all within the unforgiving limits of spectator viewing and experience criteria.
These are powerfully coupled to the maintenance and enhancement of strong traditions, social hierarchy and the paramount requirement to create a place which is up to the task of being at the ‘G. It delivers a strong iconic presence for the City of Melbourne.
The northern stand completes the arena of the MCG in a confident, efficient and effective design. The section through the stand encapsulates the project - the optimal raked seating, the suspended glass edge roof, the elegant structural response, the robust concrete elements, the repetitive precast seating planks and quietly the integrated facilities and back-of-house space.
Enhanced facilities safety and comfort with near perfect sight lines with all of the 55,000 seats is complimented by the experience of an on-arrival view of the ground and importantly the scale and spatial experience of the atria over the entries."Back to top