ASSA ABLOY helps secure historic sporting grounds

"I have dealt with Lockwood on big projects for 25 years. They are always easy to work with, they know what they are talking about and we go to them with real confidence."

Geoffrey Mould, architect, Geoffrey Mould and Associates


Security was paramount when the organisers of the Commonwealth Games in Australia looked to redevelop the historic Melbourne Cricket Grounds. ASSA ABLOY Australia, with its renowned Lockwood brand, was in championship form for the challenge.

Security a priority

In March 2006, more than 4500 athletes from 71 countries descended on Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, for the XVIII Commonwealth Games. In preparation for the event, organizers decided to redevelop one of the county's great sporting arenas, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the site of the 1956 Olympic Games and one of the major venues for the Commonwealth Games.

Refurbishment of the 100,000-seat MCG included 2500 doors and security enhancements worth AUD 500,000. The architectural firm responsible, Geoffrey Mould and Associates, is well known for its work with large-event projects.

The project commenced in March 2001 and was partially completed for the Boxing Day Test match in December 2005. The full MCG refurbishments were completed in March 2006.

Tight deadlines

Due to several high profile events planned in 2005 and 2006, the MCG project required maintaining strict timeframes. This challenge meant that ASSA ABLOY needed to work closely and effectively with the architects to determine the building’s security requirements and implement them on time.
The MCG stadium required complete door solutions including stops, electric mortise locks, hinges, hydraulic door closers and cylinders as well as hardware for fire doors, and sub-contractors’ products.

Peace of mind

ASSA ABLOY, with its Lockwood brand, was chosen because it was a local manufacturer. It could also guarantee long-term durability and had a record of performance that other competitors could not compare to.

In addition, ASSA ABLOY provided a 25-year warranty on all products and work. Through quality products, good planning, and installation performance ASSA ABLOY was able to give the customer “peace-of-mind security”.

The complete ASSA ABLOY offering included a full range Lockwood and Padde door-security products.

Lockwood products

  • Floor mounted door stops
  • Electric mortice locks
  • Hinges
  • Hydraulic door closers
  • Twin Grand Master keyed cylinders
  • Electric strike releases


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