Congratulations on completing The Club Stand. Describe the key features of the build process – what considerations are made before commencing construction of a building designed of this scale and ensuring it is delivered on time and to budget?
With any project, especially one of such a high-caliber as The Club Stand, putting in place an extensive safety and risk management plan is key. Prior to construction commencing, it was critical that we collaborated with the design team and all parties involved to develop an on-site safety risk management program to identify and eliminate safety risks. This project saw over 400 workers on site during peak construction, so implementing safety methods and establishing strong relationships with the other stakeholders was critical.
What was the most challenging part about the construction process?
One of the most challenging aspects of the construction process was the installation of the signature feature ‘petal’ projections which form the perimeter of The Club Stand at each floor. These projections were constructed using 90 precast panels, each weighing up to 30 tonnes.
Approximately 1,500 tonnes of steel were used during construction with one tower crane and up to six mobile cranes on-site each day during the main structural steel construction period.
Working in a ‘live’ horse training environment at such an iconic venue was also always going to present a challenge. We had to ensure that we scheduled works around noise restrictions and, naturally, that we kept out of the way of punters on race days.
Tell us about any key innovations that The Club Stand features. Is this becoming standard across your projects?
One of the main innovations in this project that also translates to other major construction projects such as office buildings, apartments, hotels and hospitals is connectivity.
An external walkway wraps around The Club Stand on the first floor linking it to the Members Grandstand and Parade Ring. Further connectivity is provided with a corridor forming the heart of the new Club Stand and joining it to the Betting Ring, with the Members Lawn and Mounting Yard. The way the outdoor spaces meet the indoor spaces is also seamless with the Members Lawn linked to function spaces on Level One by a grand sloping tier of seating encompassing viewing platforms and gardens.
We were able to seamlessly connect these spaces and execute the architect’s vision using 3D modelling. This method is becoming standard across our key projects as it shows a clear vision of the finished project and further coordinates the architecture, design and construction process.
We have had the pleasure of working with Multiplex across numerous projects for many years. How important is the relationship between an architecture and interior design practice and the builder in ensuring the design vision becomes a reality?
We see collaboration as the key to success on all of our projects, particularly with architects.
The architectural vision is the driving force behind every project and also what makes it unique. We work together with architects to deliver this vision, striving for “outperformance” in terms of building efficiency and to maintain design integrity.
This collaborative relationship enables us to rapidly problem solve and rise to challenges during the construction period and ensure we deliver future-proof buildings for clients.