Kardinia Park is an iconic stadium for the people of Geelong. It is known far and wide amongst sporting fans as the home of the only team in the AFL to represent regional Australia. When the latest upgrade was planned, there was a requirement to protect thousands of pedestrians from road traffic, but to also enhance the architectural status of the building.
Fixed and removable bollards were used to zone and restrict traffic. Some of these were installed with loose caps to allow them to be filled with concrete for extra impact protection. Speed humps were used at strategic points to slow vehicles down e.g. pedestrian crossing points. Barrier's Zephyr bollards were used along the forecourt to make a distinctive architectural statement that enhanced the stadium and provided bicycle parking at the same time.
A solution to pedestrian management was needed that satisfied all the stakeholders in the project, including architects, builders, the Kardinia Park Trust management and the various sporting clubs utilising the facility. Various parts of the building needed protection from vehicles and the forecourt, where thousands of people were processed before entry to the ground, needed protection that was both effective and distinctive.
The builders found the products straightforward to install and appreciated the speed with which the products were made available to the site. The users and managers of the stadium appreciated the fact that protection was provided to spectators in a way that facilitated pedestrian movement through the complex and created some aesthetic interest in its environment.