The Annual Australian Timber Design Award winners for 2021 were announced on the 1st December at a virtual event. DWP Australia and Northrop received first prize for their stunning project - Eric Tweedale Stadium.

The use of a mass timber structure in the Stadium is a first for glulam timber in Australia, representing an impressive achievement in timber engineering.

The roof structure design was very ambitious; the main cantilever spans 8.5 m over the spectator’s seating, 13.7 m beams span over the multipurpose area and a double cantilevered roof frame at each end of the roof structure. The entire roof slopes west and is supported by 26 - 240 x 380 mm timber glulam columns.

The warmth and the earthy glow of the timber creates a space welcoming to all communities while connecting to its current sporting application. The Stadium is named after Eric Tweedale, the oldest surviving Australian Rugby representative. The Stadium includes a 760-seat grandstand with change rooms, multipurpose rooms, first-floor function space, commercial kitchen, and outdoor viewing deck.

CONDEV Reception Space by Studio Workshop. Image:  David Taylor