Visitors to Ausgrid Stadium (formerly Energy Australia Stadium) will now have access to new and improved accommodation, with the completion of a massive engineering project undertaken by John Holland, in conjunction with Coates Hire for construction equipment hire and Enerpac Hydraulics.
Focal to the new $81 million Western Grandstand is the new 1500 tonne roof, which had to be delicately and safely moved into position. The room features a cable-stayed cantilever steel roof approximately 150 metres long and 25 metres deep.
The Enerpac system supplied by Coates Hire involved 12 temporary roof props been placed in position while the roof structure was assembled and until the cable supports could take up the load. Coates Hire provided 12 x 100 tonne hydraulic cylinders and 24 x 25 tonne hydraulic cylinders. Ancillary hire equipment such as pumps, hoses, gauges etc were also supplied by the industrial team.
The operation was so sensitive, lowering the roof had to be done often at 10-20mm increments at each of the 12 props. Taking just a day to complete, the whole operation was a seamless efficient success with the roof moving down smoothly and evenly in a controlled manner.
Karl Antoine, Thornton Branch Manager at Coates Hire Industrial Services organised the hire, working closely with both the John Holland crew and Enerpac Construction Industry Manager, Darryl Lange, who was onsite for technical backup and information for operators.
“We had done a lot of preparation in setting up the equipment the day before. The equipment worked perfectly, the pumps and cylinders were great”, said Karl.