Location :

Adelaide, South Australia

Client :

Tennis SA

Year :


Sector :

Tennis | Acrylic | Sand-Filled Turf | Grass Courts | Clay Courts

The Memorial Drive Tennis Club is the home of tennis in South Australia and has been the premier tournament venue in South Australia for more than 50 years. However, the venue needed upgrading to ensure that it could host events such as the Davis Cup and a roof over the main show court to enable ATP and WTA events to be hosted.
SPORTENG were engaged to undertake the detailed design and construction phase services for the development of:

  • A sunken show court

  • Six (6) acrylic courts

  • Four (4) sand-filled artificial grass (SFAG) courts

  • Twelve (12) redeveloped natural turf courts

  • Centre of Excellence 5-court clay facility

In addition to the Field of Play elements, a new pavilion was included in the early stage works with a roof over the show courts delivered after the early works.


The site had significant constraints on all sides; Adelaide Oval to the east, practice cricket nets to the north, War Memorial Drive to the west, and undercroft carpark to the south. Trying to fit all the courts in and ensuring compliance with ITF requirements required bespoke perimeter infrastructure design to reduce wasted space which the courts needed.

Latent conditions during construction excavation work resulted in subgrade remediation works required in localized areas.


SPORTENG was commissioned by Tennis SA to provide Detailed Design and Construction Phase services to the project. Working closely with the project architects we designed bespoke perimeter court drainage and fencing solution to reduce the width of these elements to ensure the constrained site could accommodate the ITF compliant courts.

Developing a strong working relationship with the Contractor also ensures any site issues were resolved efficiently and promptly.


The Field of Play early works package enabled the overall site to obtain funding for the covered roof for the show courts. The completed roof over the show court in advance of the 2020 international tennis season ensured the whole facility was exposed to international coverage.


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