Skilled Park stadium at Robina scooped this year’s Steel Awards for Queensland by topping two of the three entry categories, presented on 22 August at the Sofitel Brisbane.

The recently completed 27,500-seat rectangular stadium on the Gold Coast won in the Architectural Steel Design section for HOK Sport Architecture with project engineers, Sinclair Knight Merz, winning in the Structural Engineering Steel Design category. The Metal Building Product Design Award was won by the entry from Codd Stenders who designed and engineered the McDonald Codd Residence in Brisbane’s western suburbs. The bulk of Skilled Park stadium’s superstructure is a steel framed bowl covered by a curved 23,000sqm fabric cantilevered roof. The fabricated steel box section roof rafters, which measure 30 metres from the pitch to the tip, are the main components of the roof structure which give the new venue its iconic look. HOK Sport designed the seating bowl as a single wraparound tier to achieve the closest possible seating configuration as well as the maximum ‘coliseum’ effect. The cantilever roof was also designed to provide a sense of enclosure that retains sound and light whilst shielding from weather. Tight tolerances of millimetres were required for steel connections and supporting steel members for fitup with the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coated woven fibreglass fabric roof. Project Manager with structural engineers Sinclair Knight Merz, Paul Hanton, said that the cantilevered engineering design dispensed with the need for obstructive supporting pillars or columns, providing spectators with clearer views of the playing field. ASI State Manager – QLD & NT, John Gardner said the nature of entries well portrays the diversity of innovative applications possible using predominantly Australian-made steel. “The awards highlight the high standard of design and execution achievable with the versatility of steel, aesthetics and the industry’s capacities and efficiencies,” he said.


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