Australian Architects Says Commonwealth Games Shows That India Is Moving Ahead

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15 October 2010 

Australian architects says Commonwealth games shows that India is moving ahead

The Delhi Commonwealth Games have demonstrated the huge challenges facing India, but it has also shown

the massive strides the country

has made over the past decades, according to one of Australia’s leading

architects Peddle Thorp.

The practice designed several venues used throughout the games: the Thyagaraj Stadium, the Rugby Sevens

Venue at Delhi University, the Siri Fort Sports Complex, and the Yamuna Sports Complex.

Director Peter Brook said while the media attention had focused on what went poorly during the games, a lot

went splendidly. 

“For Peddle Thorp’s part, our venues performed well,” he said. 

“Indeed, in some cases, India is pulling ahead. For example, the New Delhi Metro is now a major public

transport system with highly innovative environmental features.

It is being further developed over the coming


“The system stands in stark contrast to the empty rhetoric and posturing on public transport by some of our state


For the past two decades, India's GDP growth rate has been one of the highest in the world and the middle class

population has more than tripled in size to exceed 250 million people. Mr Brook said the strong growth in this

market cannot be ignored by Australian companies. They simply must consider ways to access this market in

their future plans.

Peddle Thorp built on its extensive experience in sports architecture having designed the Melbourne Sports and

Aquatic Centre for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The Thyagaraj Stadium for the Delhi Commonwealth

Games was built from scratch at a cost of $77 million. Built over three years, the multidisciplinary games stadium

spans an area of 2.55 hectares with a seating capacity of 5000. The stadium also has a competitor track for

athletics, three tennis clay courts and two grass courts. 

The Rugby Sevens venue is a 2500 seat permanent stand that is the centrepiece of a 10,000 seat venue

situated in the beautiful Delhi University Campus.

Siri Fort Sports Complex is a combined badminton and squash stadium with seven badminton courts and one

squash show court. 

The Yamuna Sports Complex was the official table tennis venue and it featured

a 5000 seat capacity show

court, 10 practice courts and a multipurpose hall.

For more information contact Kevin Brianton on 0407 830 163.

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