29 January 2009
28 January 2009
25 January 2009
The above pictures show that more than half the girders are now in place. I remember when watching the painstaking operation of putting the first girder together and wondering how on earth 36 would be assembled and lifted before the Lions tour in June (the PE match in that tour being the earmarked opening match for this stadium) let alone the planned deadline of March this year. It seems my worries and I’m sure many other peoples’ worries over that time period were unwarranted as now these girders are going up at a somewhat astonishing rate. The PTFE membrane is now also being attached between the girders, with cladding continuing to progress well. As usual the upcoming batch of girders 20, 21 and 22 are being put together at an impressive rate, meaning we should see a few more liftings this coming week.
23 January 2009
21 January 2009
17 January 2009
A shot showing the 15 girders aligned.
Another outer perspective.
The wrap-around roof of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The latest girder to be lifted, the furthest right in this picture. All 3 of these girders have been lifted this past week.
Cladding beginning on the next.
The paving stones.
16 January 2009
Click on the pic for a full sized view. Note in the nearest corner, the beginnings of the truss-linking PTFE membrane.
15 January 2009
13 January 2009
Construction workers, not surprisingly, in a celebratory mood, dressing the completed arch in a tree and a South African flag. I feel quite certain that they're enjoying a few cold ones up there. (Source: Toxicbunny)
The magnificent arch. (Source: Toxicbunny)
11 January 2009
Green Point Stadium
Outer view of the stadium. Compression ring complete, inner bowl complete. Roof construction pending. (Source: Mo Rush)
Good view of the completed seating tiers. Tension ring being put together in the foreground. This tension ring, which will be on the inside of green point's roof, is the secret that will allow this 3500 ton roof to, somewhat amazingly, stay up. (Source: Cape Town Municipality)
The tension ring being layed out across the tiers. I have no real idea how the construction of green point's roof is going to work. I guess we'll have to wait and see. (Source: Cape Town Municipality)
Moses Mabhida Stadium
The arch on the Moses Mabhida Stadium is two pieces away from completion.
Close-up of the fins forming the facade of the stadium. (Source: Durbsboi)
The full stadium. All permanent tierwork is complete. Arch, as can be seen, is nearly complete. The third tier, to be used purely for the world cup, is temporary and will be erected early next year as part of FIFA overlay. (Source: Durbsboi)
Today how the arch is looking. 2 pieces left. By the end of tomorrow we could see a complete arch.
Unfortunately a freak storm caused a 74m tower crane to topple on the site of the Mbombela Stadium. The damage includes that of a roof bay, 10 precast seating elements and some brickwork. It is not extensive and will take 1-2 months to complete. It will not push back the deadline for completion - June this year.
A nice outer perspective of the Mbombela Stadium. Almost half the stadium is now roofed. (Source: Tadpolefarm)
The unfortunate crane collapse. (Source: www.FIFA.com)
Stadium tunnel. (Source: Tadpolefarm)
The stadium in all its splendour. (Source: Tadpolefarm)
Peter Mokaba Stadium
Unfortunately there are no up to date photographs of current progress on the Peter Mokaba Stadium. What I can say is that the stadium is now 78% complete. Roof over the main stand is practically finished, with tierwork also nearing completion.
Soccer City Stadium
The magnificent bowl. (Source: Rulani)
Facade coming along nicely. (Source: Mo Rush)
Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Relatively old image showing the progress on the new roof over the once open pavilion. (Source: Mo Rush)
10 January 2009
As cladding nears completion on the third truss, top, the resemblance to the paper nautilus shell becomes increasingly striking.
The 12th girder to be lifted can be seen on the right, while in the distance another is readied.
The Kobelco crane was already connected to the 13th girder, but gusts impeded the lift.
The brave men attaching cladding to the fourth. Once again, note the resemblance to our shell.
These guys are seriously brave/mad.
A nice close view of the newly lifted 12th.
A close look at the cladding on the fourth. Note how the transparency decreases as we move up the girder. This is because of large perforations at the bottom, getting smaller, until there are ultimately no perforations in the aluminium.
Looking through a jig, to a group of girders, either being built, or ready to be lifted into place.
And yet another update on the Newton Park Swimming Pool. Roofing girders and purlins attached, awaiting the sheeting.
Looking under the girders towards the pool.
07 January 2009
The 11th truss sunning itself on the stadium superstructure.
Truss numbers 12 and 13 ready for the intense lift.
Truss number 14, the deja vu truss, almost complete with the last of the steel purlins going in place.
An outer perspective of the aligned trusses.
A further view of the 14th, with cladding on the background.
The three cladded trusses.
02 January 2009
View from the top
19 January 2008
View from the side
19 January 2008