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Cape Town Stadium

Moving the earth to meet an immovable deadline

The Cape Town Stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, during which it hosted nine matches. Able to seat 68,000 people for sports events, the stadium also features corporate hospitality suites, plus medical, training and conferencing facilities.

Our team provided ground engineering for the stadium and surrounding urban park and was lead mechanical consultant and ICT consultant.

Construction began in 2007 with a fast-track program of ground engineering for foundations and bulk earthworks. A lengthy planning process left us with a tight timeline that called for a rapid and innovative approach. We responded with creative reuse of excavated soil materials to eliminate waste and cut the importation of earth fill.

As the site was in use as a golf course, only limited geotechnical investigation was possible before construction. In collaboration with BKS Consulting Engineers, we used non-invasive seismic refraction and ground-penetrating radar to inform the foundation design and pitch level selection. Our hands-on quality control programme and ability to adapt to variable ground conditions contributed to the project’s punctual delivery.

For the building itself, we introduced a new, sustainable system of air conditioning with flexibility to cater for both large-scale matches and quiet periods. And we were behind the stadium’s cutting-edge, centralized computer networks, which links all stadium functions – from smoke detection and electrics to turnstiles, score boards and access control – to a single point of control. The first of its kind in South Africa, the system significantly boosts energy efficiency and performance.

Client City of Cape Town
Architect Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Louis Karol, Point Architects
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Capacity 68,000
Home of Ajax Cape Town FC
Our services Building services, ICT, audiovisual, ground engineering
Project status Completed in 2009