Sports complexes including athletics, swiming, cycling, gymnastics, tennis, basketball, hockey and other large enclosures.

These structures will often involve tensioned membrane roof panels, large span trusses, arches, cablenets or other forms of lightweight structures.

The following articles are in random order:

The LSAA 2007 Conference held at the Gold Coast included a site visit to the nearby Robina Stadium which was under construction. The stage of construction was the installation of the tensioned fabric roof panels.

The following are some images taken during that visit.

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:

Façade Structure

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

To create a lightweight façade structure for Jakarta Velodrome – extending the designs and concept developed with Cox Architecture for the Queensland State Velodrome for Indonesia.

Abdullah bin Khalifa (Lakhwiya Stadium)

Entrant:                            Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd

  • Category:  4                ID Number:  6515
  • Location:                     Doha, Qatar

  • Client:                         Lakhwiya Sports Club

  • Completion Date:          February 2013

Credits:

  • Architect:                    Perkins Eastman (USA), ECG (Egypt)

  • Structural Engineer:     Tensys Engineers

  • Builder:                       Al Khayyat Development

  • Fabricator:                  Hardco

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   

The development is to create a new stadium for the local Qatar League team ‘Lakhwiya’.  The works involve creating a 15,000 seat stadium with 4 grand stand sun shading roof.

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Nelson Mandela Bay Multipurpose Stadium

Entrant:              MakMax Australia - Designer
Location:             Prince Alfred Park - North End Lake - Port Elizabeth South Africa
Client:                 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality
Architect:            GMP Architects
Struct. Eng.:        Schlaich Bergermann & Partners

Others:               MakMax (Installation)
Builder:              Grinaker / Interbeton JV
Fabricator:          MakMax Australia

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The Optus Stadium is the brand new 60,000 seat sports stadium in Perth.

Two of the LSAA member companies - Arup and MakMax - have been involved in the design and construction of the roof structure.

The Arup design team attended the cracking one day cricket game between Australia and England for the first major event at Optus Stadium. The feature of the stadium is the lightweight cantilevering roof that has a clean fabric membrane soffit and those huge speakers pack a punch. Unfortunately we lost the day only by a few runs but the atmosphere was great.

Many stadiums around the world now require special roof structures which utilize the principles we look for in a lightweight structure.

Some recent stadium structures are shown below:

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Chepauk Stadium, Stage One - India

This project was ambitious from the beginning; a large scale elevated cover over three grandstand seating structures presented a few structural challenges.

The purpose as with many tensile membrane projects was a combination of shade and weather cover. Each seating section required these basic needs met while maintaining a uniform style and aesthetic appeal through out. Our client, The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, requested minimal connections to the supporting grandstand structure, leaving more space beneath for spectator seating.

The project was designed to create a unique feature to the venue. Often large scale tension membrane roofing contribute a large amount to the look and feel of a venue, it’s a prominent feature and one that needs to be eye-catching and unique.

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This project was entered in the 2013 LSAA Design Awards

Abdullah bin Khalifa (Lakhwiya Stadium)

Entrant:                                 Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd

  • Category: 4                ID Number:  6515
  • Location:                    Doha, Qatar
  • Client:                        Lakhwiya Sports Club
  • Completion Date:       February 2013

Credits:

  • Architect: Perkins Eastman (USA), ECG (Egypt)
  • Structural Engineer: Tensys Engineers
  • Builder: Al Khayyat Development
  • Fabricator: Hardco

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   

The development is to create a new stadium for the local Qatar League team ‘Lakhwiya’.  The works involve creating a 15,000 seat stadium with 4 grand stand sun shading roofs.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Lakhwiya Football Club is local league champions in 2012 and 2013.  The development is to create a new home stadium for this team.  Al Khayyat Development were provided with the brief to carry out a design and build facilities for (not only) the stadium but associated facilities of car parking, gymnasium and ancillary buildings

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Rio Tinto Stadium

Entrant:             Structurflex Ltd - Engineering Fabrication Installation
Location:            Sandy - Salt Lake City Utah USA
Client:                Salt Lake County - Utah & Real Salt Lake
Architect:           Rossetti Architects
Struct. Eng.:       Wade Design Engineers & Wayne Rendely PE
Builder:              Turner Construction
Fabricator:          Structurflex

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Skilled Stadium, Gold Coast

Entrant:              Tensys Engineering Pty Ltd
Location:             Robina, Qld.
Client:                The State of Qld. Major Sport Facilities Authority
Architect:            Populous (formerly HOK SVE)
Struct. Eng.:        SKM
Specialist:           Tensys Engineering Pty Ltd
Others:               Beenleigh Steel Fabrications Pty Ltd
Builder:              Watpac Limited
Fabricator:          Hightex GmBh

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Freshly installed Roof Panels

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