“The bracings support the steel structure for the roof, which leads up to a high point in the centre and slopes down to the other ends,” Marius explains. “The erection process was extremely difficult and involved a scaffold platform up to 33m high.”
Working within and improving the existing structure was another challenge and the form finding process to accommodate the additional tier took considerable time to perfect, but ultimately produced an elegant interface between the old and the new structure. The result was an elliptically shaped stadium which was recognised for its technical excellence by the South African Institute of Steel Construction in 2009.
“The major team effort by all parties involved in this project has resulted in an extremely high level of workmanship, including such attention to detail as the internal shear studs being laid out in an identical pattern on each external column,” says Marius.
It is perhaps the simplest to the untrained mind by its apparent neat appearance. But the project displays some amazing technology in design and execution, with lots of firsts when compared with other stadia. And it is an all-South African team.
Judges’ comments on the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace Upgrade, Winner Technical Excellence, South African Institute of Steel Construction Awards 2009
The 2010 World Cup was the first contemporary mega sporting event to be played on the African continent, and it was an honour to have had such a close hand in making this a reality. But many games have been played at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace since the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium is used to train local children in athletics, martial arts, netball, rugby and football. It is used as the home stadium for Premier Soccer League club, Platinum Stars. It is also home to the North-West Province’s rugby team, the Leopards, who participate in the Currie Cup rugby series.
We’re proud to have played a part in creating the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace of today, a space where families and communities can come together in the spirit of sportsmanship.
The issue of water loss (otherwise known as ‘non-revenue water’) in monetary terms has plagued municipalities throughout South Africa for many years.
It has been described as a ‘legacy to remember’ – the 19th FIFA World Cup, which was hosted by South Africa for the first time in 2010.
In preparation for the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games planning discussions have commenced between all levels of Government, Brisbane City Council and the International Olympics Committee.