Sir John Guise Stadium and Taurama Aquatic Centre
World-class sporting facilities for Papua New Guinea
In July 2015, 3000 athletes from 23 Pacific nations converged upon Port Moresby to compete in the 15th Pacific Games - an adrenaline-charged sporting exchange of 28 varied sports and disciplines. The Games formed an integral part of the celebrations for Papua New Guinea’s 40th year of independence, which were also held in 2015.
We delivered two international-level sporting facilities to host the games: an upgrade to the 20 year old Sir John Guise Stadium and the 15,000m2 new-build Taurama Aquatic Centre and Indoor Sports Complex.
The refurbished Sir John Guise Stadium meets international standards for track and field events and the existing 900 seat grandstand was expanded into a 15,000 seat complex. We also converted the Stadium Complex into changing rooms, warm up areas, and corporate lounges.
The Taurama Aquatic Centre and Indoor Sports Complex provides sporting facilities to international competition standards for swimming, volleyball, basketball and a variety of other indoor sports. The complex includes a stainless steel Olympic standard 50m competition pool with a movable bulkhead to shorten the pool to 25m for international standard short course competition; a separate 25m warm up pool; 6 Olympic standard volleyball / basketball courts with movable spectator seating for up to 2,500 people in the ‘centre court’ arrangement; two multipurpose studios; corporate entertainment areas and a generous gymnasium for athletes to train in.
- All facilities were built to very exacting requirements to comply with international sporting specifications
- Both the Sir John Guise Stadium and Taurama Aquatic Centre are now used as community sporting facilities following the completion of the games
- Both buildings occupy very large footprints on relatively small sites, presenting considerable challenge in regards to access and logistics.