Townsville Stadium: top 10 facts
With recent news that Townsville in Australia will be gaining a new stadium after increased public support and a winning design, we take a look at top 10 facts surrounding the new development.
1. The winning design was created by Cox Architecture, who will work in partnership with 9Point9 Architects throughout the project
2. The project will create over 700 new construction roles within the region, driving employment, tourism and economic growth within the region.
3. It is hoped the new stadium will become an internationally recognised building, with a unique shape resembling a Pandanus tree
4. The stadium will be the first construction of many under the new governments City Deals Scheme, funded through the Australia and Queensland Governments, alongside Townsville City Council and the National Rugby League.
5. The finished project will adopt sustainable features, such as solar generated power in order to provide not only economic benefits, but also environmental advantages to the area.
6. The design incorporates a tapered roof, which will shield approximately 80 percent of the stadiums seats from extreme weather conditions, such as cyclones.
7. The build of the stadium will also incorporate several features, ensuring its adaptability and possibility to increase the number of seats within the facility in future construction work
8. World-class technologies will become embedded, in addition to sophisticated IT systems in order to provide a ** experience for spectators
9. Other proposed designs involved in the competition were from Architects North, Hassell and Populous, Tippett Schrock Architects, Stephen De Jersey Architect, i4 Architecture and BVN.
10. Once completed, the stadium will become the new home of the North Queensland Cowboys rugby league team, who currently reside at Willow’s Sport Complex
Read the January 2017 issue of Construction Global here
China’s Broad Group builds 10-storey apartment in 28 hours
The China-based manufacturing enterprise Broad Group has managed to construct a 10-storey steel apartment building in just over a day. Constructed in the city of Changsha in China, the company used bolt-together modular units known as its “Living Building System”.
A video time-lapse showing the build process. Video: Broad Group.
Broad Group, a manufacturing company based in Changsha, constructs a range of air-conditioning, heating, and prefabricated structural units. It accomplished the challenge in 28 hours and 45 minutes, enlisting help from three cranes and an on-site workforce.
Broad Group’s “Living Building” system
Designed to be easy to transport and install, Broad Group’s “Living Building” system uses components that are able to fit into a standard shipping container, and then be bolted together when they reach the site. Ductwork and wiring are fitted directly by the factory, the company said.
As part of the system, Broad Group’s B-Core steel slabs are used as structural elements which, the company claims are 10-times lighter and 100-times stronger than conventional slabs. The company also says they have the ability to resist earthquakes and typhoons, and that it costs less than a carbon steel building and has low energy consumption.
Broad Group also says that buildings of up to 200 storeys, supertall towers, could be built using the same modules due to the B-Core steel slabs’ strength and lightness.
Other Broad Group projects
Broad Group has completed other significant projects in the past. In 2012, for instance, it attempted to build the tallest tower in the world in Changsha at 838m, which would have made it 10m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The company claimed it could have made the building, named Sky City, in just eight months. However, due to not receiving approval, it was never built.
In 2015, the company accomplished another “speed-build” challenge, constructing a 57-story tower using the “Living Building system”. It was completed in just 19 days.