The $50 million, 7 storey development is constructed to the North of the existing terminal building. The hotel comprises of 165 rooms, a business centre with flexible meeting and function rooms, as well as a restaurant and bar which integrates seamlessly with the broader airport terminal. A walkway links the hotel directly with the airport’s Level 2 domestic and international check-in area.

The Atura branded Hotel forms a major part of the Adelaide Airport’s proposed 30 year and $2 billion masterplan.

Robert Bird Group were the lead structural and civil design engineers for the project.

Project Value:
AUD$50 million
Year Completed:
Atura Holdings Pty Limited

Primary Contractor:
Built Pty Limited
Hassell Studio
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural & Civil Engineering

Key technical challenges

  • The primary tower structure consists of a composite slab and beam structure. Due to the long beam spans and thin slab, extensive analysis for footfall vibration was required to ensure the structure achieved code requirements and client expectations.
  • Working with the existing structure and developing design solutions that strengthened rather than demolished.
  • Extensive co-ordination with the mechanical engineer to develop a strategy that minimised beam penetrations and beam notches.
  • Differential shortening analysis with consideration of mega truss, steel structure, concrete structure and existing structural elements

Environmental performance

  • 5 Star Greenstar
  • 5 Star NABERs Energy and 4 Star NABERs Water ratings.

Key technical innovation

  • Design of mega column and mega piles to resist the large concentrated truss loads. Specialised piling rigs were required to construct the 2100mm diameter mega piles required to resist the truss loads.
  • Developing a strategy to resist the mega truss uplift forces with the use of special high strength reinforcement.
  • To maximise the office floor column grids, HISTAR 460 HD columns were adopted in the design. Column cross sections are relatively small with thick web and flanges, as large as 140mm thick. HD Columns are fabricated and transported from Luxembourg.

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