Thursday, February 19, 2009

Aerial Photographs - Moses Mabhida Soccer Stadium WC2010



The Web Album above was created from aerial photos, which were submitted by Jason Barker of Barker Sky Imaging.

The series of photographs, reflects a timeline of the Construction of the new Moses Mabhida Soccer Stadium, which will be used as one of the venues for next year's World Cup.

The Stadium is being constructed by members of the Kwazulu Natal Master Builders Association (Group Five / WBHO / Pandev J.V.) and was the overall winner of the 2008 Regional and National Master Builders Association Health and Safety Competitions.

Situated next to the Kings Park, the home ground of the Sharks Rugby team, the stadium complex will include an adjoining indoor arena, sporting museum, sports institute and a new transmodal transport station. The stadium itself will seat between 70,000 and 80,000 people.

Facts and Figures:

Dimensions

Stadium: 320m x 280m x 45m

Arch

A 350 m long free span arch will hold up the roof of the stadium, the top of the arch will rise to 106 m above the pitch. The arch will consist of a 5 x 5 m steel hollow box and will weigh 2 600 tons when complete. A cable car will carry visitors up the middle of the arch, to a viewing platform on the north side. The south side will have a 550-step adventure walk.

Roof

The stadium roof will consist of a 46 000 m², Teflon-coated, glass-fibre membrane attached to the arch by 17 000m of 95mm diameter steel cables.

Bowl

Around the perimeter, 1 750 columns and 216 raking beams will provide the main support. Around the field, 900 m of retaining walls will stretch 8 m high. A total of 1 780 pre-cast concrete seating panels will create the bowl form. There will be over 80 000 m² of floor space within the stadium structure.

Façade

Over 100 columns will surround the stadium. The height of the columns varies around the stadium, but the highest will be 46 m. In total 15 000 m² of façade will surround the stadium. A total of 550 Aluminum fins will fit between the main columns. Perforated metal sheeting will be placed between the aluminum fins, where required.


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