27 November 2008

On site

I finally got the chance to enter the stadium bowl today. It is an awesome sight. Already with only 5 trusses up, one can get the feeling of a cauldron that will bubble over with excitement when soccer or rugby matches are played. The stadium bowl itself has been designed with premium sight lines for all spectators at the forefront of the architects' and engineers' minds and this has most definitely been achieved for when I was standing just below the second tier - one of the highest spectator points of the stadium - I felt like I was literally on top of the pitch. The cast elements being the seating elements, columns, slabs, raker beams, have all been completed except for the players' tunnel which will be finished in the coming days. The majority of the seats have been installed and the finer touches in the spectator bathrooms, executive suites, etc. are currently being put into place. This stadium is world class and will be a NMB jewel for decades to come. It was privelege for me to be able to go on site.

The 5 aligned. Cladding due to begin imminently.

Into the bowl. Pitchwork progressing speedily.

A view across the lower tier. Note the curved nature of the stands for optimal sightlines.

View across the lower tier towards the girders. 4 are now connected with a 'catwalk' in architectural terms or a 'compression ring' in engineering terms. However it isn't a true compression ring as the ring is under minimal forces of compression.

The 7th, 90% complete, girder.

The 6th, entirely complete girder. Due to be lifted tomorrow.

A view across the 5 girders. The staircase in the foreground acts as the exit point or vomitory for the upper tier.

Another view across the 5.

A closer look at the 'catwalk'. The lights will be attached to this compression ring. Also note the ropes hanging from the front of the girders. These are climbed up by cable climbers to get onto the girders from the stands.

A view across the soon-to-be pitch.

Another picture across the five girders.

A similar view

Cement-based holes being dug into the pitch. These are the holes for the rugby poles, soccer nets, etc.

Another look over the bowl.

Looking over the steel-yard where all the steel for the roof girders is kept. Currently only two thirds of all steel needed for the girders is on site.

The main upper level access ramp. Suitability for wheelchair bound people, and large crowds. These access ramps are stationed in the four corners of the stadium.

25 November 2008

Fifth truss

Again, rather irritatingly, the fifth truss was lifted on a working day so we were unable to get down to get close up shots. However, I will hopefully be going on site on Thursday and then, I will post on site pictures of the 5 trusses (perhaps 6 by then) as well as interior bowl shots.

The webcam view:

23 November 2008

Fourth truss close-up

As I showed earlier, the fourth truss has been lifted. The fifth and sixth trusses are complete, to be lifted, possibly, in one day. The large Kobelco crane is slowly making its way clockwise around the stadium. The first of the cross steel, connecting the noses of the trusses which will house the floodlights of the stadium, has been lifted into place.

One can liken the roof trusses on the skeletal structure to icing on a cake.

The fifth truss ready for lift-off, and the seventh truss at its beginning stages of construction.

The four trusses aligned. Note the fifth and sixth trusses ready in the background.

A close-up of the connecting steel to house the floodlights.

The common vantage point giving a good overview of PE's magnificent stadium.

19 November 2008

It's the three day cycle!

I was unable to get down to the site today but just thought I'd notify everyone that the fourth truss was lifted. This is the 3 day cycle the contractors have been working towards and we can now expect trusses to be lifted with much more regularity than previously.

The fourth truss in full view from the webcam.

15 November 2008

Truss the 3rd

The third truss is now up. It was lifted in the early hours of the morning and we got down to the site at around 10pm to marvel at the masterpiece. Again the procedure went off smoothly. Meanwhile, the template that held the second truss has been moved around the corner with the Kobelco crane having crawled along the sand track to pick up this third truss. The fourth truss is nearly complete, while the 5th truss is now underway.

View from the lookout, showing the royal 3.

Truss the third in place from a side-on angle. Note, in the foreground, the nearly complete fourth truss and the fifth truss with it's first few components.

Perched in all its splendour.

A more distant view.

Number 3, what a beauty...

12 November 2008

So what's happening countrywide?

All images courtesy Skyscrapercity. All pictures have been taken within the last month.

Green Point Stadium

The definite wavy facade and tier shape of the green point stadium. (Courtesy: Mo Rush)

The compression ring forming atop the outer facade pillars. This is the baginning of the Green Point Stadium roof. (Courtesy: Mo Rush)

Soccer City Stadium

Soccer City's calabash facade taking shape. (Courtesy: Mo Rush)

A close up of Soccer City's roof. (Courtesy: Mo Rush)

Mbombela Stadium

Mbombela Stadium East stand. (Courtesy: Tadpolefarm)

Mbombela Stadium with 6 (one third of full 18) giraffe necks in place. Note the magnificent backdrop. (Courtesy: Tadpolefarm)

Free State Stadium

New roof taking shape. (Courtesy: Willayster)

Far side view of new roof and tier. (Courtesy: Willayster)

Near side view. (Courtesy: Willayster)

For current webcam pictures click here

08 November 2008

Second one up

The second truss was lifted into place today. We only got down to the site once it was in place, but it is an awesome sight to behold. Meanwhile, the third truss is almost complete, with the last of the purlins (ribs) going into place, and the fourth truss is underway. The template that supported the first truss has now been moved around the corner of the stadium. One can now see the beginnings of a conveyor belt, with trusses being built and lifted regularly. And while we're on the topic of roofs, roof construction has started at the Newton Park Swimming Pool so we thought we'd add some pictures of that.

Approaching the newly lifted roof truss. Note the empty template in the foreground, having been moved this past week.

The nearly completed third roof truss in the foreground and the fourth truss underway in the background.

The truss in place.

Another view. Note the high scaffolding to the right.

From a more distant perspective. The Kobelco still supporting the weight as it's attached to the main stadium structure.

Renderings of the complete Newton Park pool.

The roof structure going up for the Newton Park Swimming Pool.

01 November 2008

Another truss!

The 14th was lifted this morning. View here.