- Project Architect:
- EJE Architecture
- Ausgrid Australia Stadium, Turton Road New Lambton, Newcastle New South Wales
New Ausgrid Australia Stadium Grandstand Newcastle New South Wales
This recently completed project will help you understand the benefits of our 74mm polycarbonate system, where our product was specified. Everbright E610 Opal was installed recently on the new Grandstand at the Ausgrid Australia Stadium Newcastle NSW, Turton Road, New Lambton, Newcastle, NSW 2300. For the Newcastle Knights supporters, 2011 proved to be a roller-coaster with their National Rugby League team scraping into the finals to finish the year in eight position. However, for many fans the tension was made more bearable by being able to watch their team from a new Grandstand at Ausgrid Stadium. This Grandstand features a modern translucent featured roof that provides spectators with natural light while protecting them from the weather.
The Everbright E610 product was used on the entire length of the upper concourse level at this stadium and allowed natural light to penetrate through proving a pleasant environment for the spectators. This illuminated this area and brighten up the complete retail precinct, which otherwise would have been a dark space. The Everbright free span was 4.3mtr x 120mtr running the length of the grandstand. Everbright panels were supplied in 4.3mtr lengths (free span) and in 600mm configurations. Our panels simply clip together, making the installation process rapid, as our product only requires to be joined every 600mm on site. Everbright E610 free spanned 4.3mtr, incorporating Locking System 2.5. Locking System LS2.5 weight and dead load calculations = 14 kg/sqm with a dead load of 0.142kN/sqm. See design loads, which shows you in more detail the different locking systems available.
The total area was around 516sqm 4.3mtr x 120mtr (11 x bays). The installation time on this project was five days and three men were available on site.
The design brief for this development was for a modern looking translucent system, that would provide clear unsupported spans. An important consideration due to the nature of the facility was for a product that had superior fire performance characteristics. Our product was selected due to the heavy duty nature of our 74mm polycarbonate panels and our products resistance to hazardous fire conditions. Our product does not ignite, produce flaming droplets or release dangerous smoke emissions in the extreme fire situations.
The specification also stipulated a system that was fully trafficable, without requiring the need for safety mesh to be installed underneath, as with traditional products spoiling the visual appearance. Additional clients instructions were for a product that had large free span capabilities, superior thermal and acoustic performance. Another key factor was for a product which has a long life span. Makrolon 1243 is the material used in our polycarbonate roofing system, which is part of the worldwide Bayer Group.
Everbright E610 comes with a manufactures worldwide 10 year warranty and the panels have a life expectancy in excess of 35 years.
Opal was the colour selected with 67% light transmissions.
The Everbright E610 system gives a unique visual appearance and minimizes structural requirements making use of all the natural light available. Since less structure is required with our system less shadows are created, and as such the natural light translucency is at its full potential, making our system an excellent selection for this new stadium development.
Our polycarbonate system give a seamless and continuous line, with no steel frame work spoiling the visual effect. E610 Integral locking bars hide the aspect of where a panel starts and where it finishes, so it becomes a continuous system giving a uniformed and conformed design feature. Creating an architectural flare, that isn't possible with any other polycarbonate system available on the market. Our system only needs to be secured with washer and screw fixings provided to both the lower and higher end of the panels, all the joints are self sealing once the integral locking bar is fitted. Other systems would necessitate the need for a framed grid work support system across the entire roof.
Everbright E610 polycarbonate panels incorporate as standard detailing an excellent safety factor. All loading criteria are based on 0.75kN/sqm and a 50% safety factor as part of a standard specification detailing.
The installation process is very rapid and simple with our polycarbonate system. We can also advise that there was a significant cost saving on the structure requirements on this project.
Everbright E610 major advantages at a glance:
- Rapid installation
- Superior free span (see design loads)
- Can be extruded to a maximum 20.5mtr
- Minimal additional structure required with our system
- Strongest translucent material in the world (74mm profile)
- 100% fully trafficable
- Passed the AS1562.3-2006 sand bag test
- Impact resistance
- Intruder resistance
- Cyclone rated
- Superior thermal/ acoustic performance
- Long life span
- Coextruded UV protection layer
- Australian manufactured
- Unique jointing arrangement
- Self cleaning dome shape
- Light weight product
This project is located at Ausgrid Australia Stadium, Turton Road New Lambton, Newcastle, New South Wales
The project can be viewed should site visits be required and adequate notice is given.