Lansdowne Road Stadium Development Company was a joint venture between the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) to represent both members during the redevelopment of Lansdowne Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
The stadium, which is the home of rugby and football, was officially given the all-clear to undergo a €350 million redevelopment. Lansdowne Road Stadium Development Company chose Asite as the project information management solution for the rebuild.
Following the demolition of the old Lansdowne Road, work began on the new building. It was designed through a collaboration between global architects Populous and Dublin‐based architects, Scott Tallon Walker, while the main contractor on the project was John Sisk Sons.
The stadium is situated in a tightly-packed residential area, so the building was sensitively designed and built to ensure minimal disruption to the surrounding areas. Both ends of the stadium have dipped roofs and seating, allowing sunlight to reach the houses surrounding the stadium. The roof is built with glass and polycarbonate cladding to allow natural light to flood the public areas of the stadium.
When building, sustainability was a prominent part of the design process and today the new stadium operates as a sustainable venue, rainwater is collected to irrigate the pitch and waste heat from the generators is used to heat the water for the toilet facilities.
The resulting stadium is a bowl shape with four tiers on three sides of the ground. All seating has roof cover, but the roof does not extend over the pitch. The stadium can hold 50,000 spectators with 36 corporate boxes which can seat 850 people, while premium seats hold 10,000 spectators. The new building also acts as an events space and conference center.
The Project Workflow tool was invaluable for all document management, information sharing, and project communication. It enabled project teams to review documents and better control project processes.
Asite also facilitated the cultural change to using online software for project management and aided the project team in their use of the Asite platform.
The redevelopment of Lansdowne Stadium, subsequently renamed to the Aviva Stadium, delivered a world-class international sports stadium to the heart of Dublin city.
Since it’s reopening, the 50,000-seater capacity stadium has become the home of the Irish football and rugby teams, and all home matches are played on its pitch. It also plays host to a number of concerts over the years, demonstrating the versatility of the building.
The Irish Government Minister for Arts, Sport, and Tourism at the time, John O' Donoghue, called the decision to redevelop the stadium an "enormously important decision which will benefit the development of sport in Ireland."
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