Sydney Showground Redevelopment

The RAS showground main arena was upgraded to be the new home of the GWS Giants AFL team. The upgrades included increasing the size of the playing field, new stadium seating areas, largest stadia screen in the southern hemisphere, new team room facilities, refurbished function areas and public areas. Barnwell Cambridge was the original electrical contractor for the arenas original build fit out, and now was proudly involved in the latest upgrade.

Barnwell Cambridge were awarded the design and construct contract to provide the electrical and communications services upgrades where a team of 65 site staff worked to deliver the upgrade that is comparable to the company’s innovative refurbishments of the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium. The team was under pressure to ensure services were available for the upcoming Sydney Royal Easter Show and to deliver the total project well before the start of the AFL season.

The site installation required considerable design effort to develop and install several services over existing infrastructure, replacement of existing infrastructure with new where found deficient in capacity, and providing new services and infrastructure required to meet the stringent standards and requirements of the AFL and Sports Broadcasters.

The project scope included,
– Design and Engineering Services
⦁ New Service Protection Devices installed to existing Main Switchboards,
⦁ Modifications to the Existing Main Switchboards
⦁ New Distribution Boards
⦁ Power Factor Correction Upgrade
⦁ Low Voltage Power Cable Reticulation
⦁ Mechanical Power Upgrades
⦁ Broadcast Power Distribution
⦁ General Power and Specialised Power Services
⦁ New General and Specialised Lighting
⦁ Site Lighting Alterations.
⦁ C-Bus Lighting Control System
⦁ Monitored Emergency & Exit Lighting System
⦁ Data Communications Infrastructure Cabling and Horizontal Cabling
⦁ Integration of Wireless Ticketing System
⦁ Broadcast Infrastructure Cabling including SMPTE, Fibre and Coax
⦁ Modifications and expansion of the Intrusion Detection System and Access Control System
⦁ Upgrade of the site CCTV System
⦁ PA System including Fire Rated UPS Rooms where the PA System was to be used as the EWIS system for the Seating Bowl
⦁ AV System
⦁ Site Power for Food Pop Up Stalls
⦁ Lightning Protection
⦁ Infrared Thermal Scanning
⦁ Testing and Commissioning