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Moses Mabhida


Durban, KwaZulu-Natal,

South Africa


Completed 2009



South African Football Association


Project Value

ZAR 1,83 Billion



Ibhola Lethu Consortium, Architects & Planners, GMP International, AMBRO Afrique, NSM Designs, Mthulisi Msimang & TJA

To make way for this prestigious contribution, Kings Park Stadium was demolished in the late 2006 to develop a new a stadium complex set to comprise of an adjoining indoor arena, sporting museum, sport institute and a new transmodal transportation station in preparations ahead of the world showpiece.  Scheduled to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup five group matches, one second round match, one quarter final and a semi-final match; the catering capacity is set to comprise of:

  • 70 000 spectator seats

  • Demountable seating will be removed to reduce the capacity to 54 000 post 2010 in legacy mode.

  • 50 percent of the seats will be accessible from the main entrance while a 150 suites with housing ability totalling 7 500 set to cover a range of hospitality options.

  • There are plans and allocations to increase the capacity of the stadium to 84 000 seats in the future to further accommodate major events such as Olympics.


For the provision and successful accomplishment of this development, the allocated budget amounts to

R1, 83 Billion.

Planning of the development started:

  • Internally in January 2006

  • The demolition of Kings Park started June/July 2006

  • Piling in November 2006

  • Principal Building Constructor started with the site in January 2007

The stadium is owned by the South African Football Association and put to house and cater for a variety of sporting activities such as rugby, cricket and athletics; the stadium is not only planned not be a white elephant, but is also set to be a flexibly operating facility since it will operate seven days a week and 365 days a year unlike other stadiums post 2010 FIFA World Cup.The project brief called for the development of a stadium that is ‘iconic’, as a beacon to the city of Durban. A key driver for the development to ensure that the project is sustainable. 

Sugar Ray


Clermont, KwaZulu-Natal,

South Africa


Completed 2010 


eThekwini Municipality 


Project Value

ZAR 73 Million



Ruben Reddy Architects

Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium is a multipurpose stadium in Clermont, a suburb of Durban, South Africa. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is set to be utilized as a training field for teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup after being renovated in 2010 and brought up to FIFA standards. The stadium’s small capacity was expanded from 1,700 to 6,500 as a lasting legacy of the World Cup.


The stadium is named after Cedric ‘Sugar Ray’ Xulu, a footballer considered a living legend in Durban whose career in the 1960s led him to play for local side AmaZulu and Mbabane Swallows in Swaziland.


The client, eThekwini Municipality, is renovating and upgrading an existing soccer stadium to meet the FIFA and PSL requirements, so that the stadium can be used as a training venue for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The project is due for completion in November this year.


Sugar Ray Xulu, the man after whom the stadium is named, attended the site handover meeting. A well-known and respected soccer player of yesteryear who still lives in the Clermont area.  Mr Xulu is regarded as a local hero, he is delighted at the development of the stadium and has given his full support to the project. 


Grinaker-LTA’s work includes the demolition of much of the existing main grandstand, to make way for the new, two-tier main stand with a seating capacity of 6 000. A new pitch will also be constructed, together with new car parks, roads, locker rooms, media facilities and private suites. In addition, Building East will install new high mast lighting at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium and a new roof over the North grandstand.  Working closely with the local community will be integral to the success of this project, and a community liaison officer has been appointed in consultation with the local ward councillors. Local skills and sub-contractors will be employed wherever possible on the contract.




Mount Hope, Saint George,

Trinidad & Tobago 



The National Aquatic Centre combines the sports and leisure activities associated with water in a complex that offers world class, FINA compliant, facilities for training and competition as well as recreational, teaching and family & community orientated attractions.  The site is located in Mount Hope with easy access from the Uriah Butler Highway. Although the area set aside for this project has a total area of 5,75 hectares the design has been directed with the objective of grouping the facilities within the square area on the western side of the site. 


The southern section of the site has been set aside for the provision of the parking area.  The National Aquatic Center entrance and facilities building is located in the first, southeast quadrant of the layout. It is directly accessible from the car park and offers the public the first point of reference to the complex.


The Ground Floor level houses administrative functions, public changing rooms and commercial spaces in the form of a cafeteria and concessions for the placement of dispensing machines and a swimwear shop.  The changing and locker facilities have been sized and designed in accordance with “Sport England” guidelines. Athletes male and female changing facilities have been located on the east side of the building while general users are located on the west side.


The Upper Level is set aside for the Gym and Health Spa that is an integral part of the athletic facilities but it is also a commercial enterprise available to the public.


The 51,2 meter Main Pool occupies the northeast quadrant and is capable of hosting all FINA regulated events and meet all the international standards set for the highest levels of competition. It is set with its main axis in an east-west direction to ensure that the spectators are provided with the best viewing conditions. The pool has a constant depth of 2 meters and the 25 meters width allows for a maximum of 8 swimming lanes.

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