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When Fletcher Construction was awarded the contract to redevelop Eden Park for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, one of their first challenges was the demolition of the existing south stand within a six week timeframe.

Eden Park South Stand

Alan Gray, Project Director for Fletcher Construction, saw the demolition of this stand as a critical activity. “We recognised, at the tender stage, the programme and technical challenges of this demolition package as being of a significant risk to the success of the total project.” 

Ward Demolition were honoured to be selected for the task, and to be part of such a successful, high profile project that will benefit visitors and locals for years to come. However it wasn’t plain sailing. The stand was a complex structure which had been further complicated by three major alterations/additions over the years. 

-          Corporate Boxes had been added over the top of the existing stand by a complex engineering design of cantilevered post tension concrete beams and columns.

-          Two very large frames had been added to support Sports Flood Lighting

-          A large media structure was added above the corporate boxes.

 Demolition of Eden Park's old South Stand gets underway. Photo: Jason Oxenham/SNL

Ward’s director Peter Ward took an optimistic approach. His onsite crew of up to 28, as well as the wider team of sub-contractors on the job, were determined to succeed. “Failure is never an option.  If we had failed we’d have made headlines worldwide. People care about Eden Park, so you have to put your best foot forward and have faith in the system and the people you’re working with.”

The project had its own rewards. “There’s nobody else that will be able to say they put a bobcat through the corporate boxes at Eden Park and didn’t get biffed out, and no team, ever cleared so much real estate in such a short time,” says Ward.

Alan Gray went on to see the redevelopment project through to completion two months ahead of schedule.  He credits Peter Ward and his team with eliminating the risk to the total project, putting it down to Peter’s extensive experience, 100% personal involvement in the day to day running of the project, and his team’s total commitment to the task.  He also site’s Ward’s extensive selection of appropriate machinery and plant as key to the success of the demolition.  


Ward Demolition is committed to recycling, and were proud to provide documentation to substantiate 90.57% recycling of all materials from the Eden Park south stand demolition.

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