Coloured concrete technology from Sika Australia was implemented in the Adelaide Oval redevelopment project to complement the venue’s heritage architecture as well as create a visual impact. Sika supplied 12 tonnes of coloured concrete pigment for the new pedestrian zone at the Adelaide Oval.

The $535 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval in South Australia has increased seating capacity to a total of 50,000 spectators, and added standing room for a further 3,000 as well as a new pedestrian footbridge and a completely redeveloped surrounding concreted area to provide fans with easy access to the stadium.

Coloured concrete was chosen to seamlessly integrate the new concreted area with the stadium’s existing design and heritage. The project’s architects selected the concrete colour as well as the aggregate colour and size.

Sika supplied more than 12 tonnes of Sika ColorFlo oxide bags in Ginger SK288 pigment for the new concrete area, working closely with Hallett Concrete and Ossmic Concrete Constructions to identify a solution that met the architects’ brief.

Joe Maiolo, technical manager at Hallett Concrete, who was contracted by the architects explains that a successful application of coloured concrete goes beyond just adding a pinch of pigment, and requires comprehensive planning and quality assurance procedures to be undertaken.

Hallett Concrete worked closely with Sika to deliver on the architects’ specification for an earthy tone, going through three iterations and providing a range of sample panes before the final approval.

Maiolo appreciated Sika’s efficiency and responsiveness during the process, delivering on time and on budget. Sika’s wide range of colours also allowed Hallett Concrete to easily adapt their offering to meet the architects’ brief.

Coloured concrete is a preferred option in the building and construction industry as it is a sustainable and attractive option for designing concrete structures and building components.

Sika’s ColorFlo range offers more than 60 different concrete pigments in liquid and dry pigment concentrates. Sika ColorFlo bagged colour pigments are packaged in water-soluble bags that can be added directly to the concrete truck or mixer.