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Award winning, Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg

Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com

The iconic Soccer City, African calabash pot design, won the prestigious Fulton Awards * for ‘Concrete in Architecture’ and captured a second Fulton Award for winning the ‘Building Project’ awardSOUTH AFRICA
Award winning, Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg

The iconic Soccer City, African calabash pot design, won the prestigious Fulton Awards * for ‘Concrete in Architecture’ and captured a second Fulton Award for winning the ‘Building Project’ award.

The roof wetting for Johannesburg’s latest landmark was auspiciously marked by a downpour and in traditional African style, dignitaries, contractors and workers celebrated the start of the final completion inspections of Soccer City. The 89 000-seater, African stadium was host for both the opening and final matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches. The stadium is the largest in Africa. It is also the biggest all-seated stadium built for any football world cup event.

The Team from Grinkaker–LTA/Interbeton by Soccer City Joint Venture; the client the City of Johannesburg – 2010 Office; principal agent Phumela Africa Professional Engineers and subcontractors DSE, Steeldale Reinforcing and Fixing Services, Ground Engineering joined the work force in celebrations.

Building the stadium required 90,000 m³ of concrete steel, about 10,000 tons of reinforced steel, 9 million bricks and 13 000 tons of structural steel. Roger Jardine, CEO of the Aveng Group and its subsidiary Grinaker- LTA, said at the roof wetting, “we are immensely proud of this landmark development. Not only does it highlight African design and ingenuity but this was achieved with 1 million disabling injury-free man hours – an unprecedented achievement under such tight deadlines.” He proudly added that this bares testament to Aveng and its partners’ unrelenting focus on safety.

Building the stadium required 90,000 m³ of concrete steel, about 10,000 tons of reinforced steel, 9 million bricks and 13 000 tons of structural steel.

The structure has a double layer of fabric roof and required 32,400 fibre cement panels to complete the calabash-inspired design of the façade.

It has taken some 9,980,000 hours to complete the construction of Soccer City, since the project’s inception in 2007, says Mike Moody, Grinaker–LTA project director. Grinaker-LTA MD, Neil Cloete says that the initial bid was to complete Soccer City with a simple roof.

The organising committee wanted a meaningful African design, and it is incredible to have witnessed the transformation of the site into what will be a landmark for the country and the continent at large.

Every seat in the stadium has an unrestricted view of the pitch and the grounds, with the furthest seat 105 m from the centre of the pitch.

There are 193 suites and roughly 2,700 seats dedicated solely to media, 860 parking bays and 77 concession kiosks. Particularly black-marked seats form lines pointing in the direction of other stadiums around the country where World Cup matches will be played.

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* The Fulton Awards
The Fulton Awards are held every second year. These awards, in different categories, honour excellence in the concrete construction industry and have a long history of involvement in many major projects completed in southern Africa.

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