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Melbourne’s rectangular stadium taking shape

A new icon is taking shape and changing Melbourne’s skyline as the distinctive roof frames of the $268 million Rectangular Stadium are bolted into place. Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas said Melburnians were starting to get an idea of how the new 31,000 capacity stadium is going to look.
“The Brumby Government is taking action to invest in vital infrastructure like the Rectangular Stadium that creates jobs and new business opportunities while delivering an important new sports and entertainment facility,” Mr Pallas said.
“Anybody driving or walking the area can really see the stadium’s bio-frame roof coming together. This stadium is not only going to be an excellent sporting arena, it’s also going to stand out as something unique on Melbourne’s skyline.”
Speaking at a site tour for the construction industry, Mr Pallas said more than 1200 workers had been employed both on and off site during the project, which is expected to generate about $775 million in benefits for the construction and associated industries.
“The distinctive roof is also a triumph for Australia’s manufacturing sector with the steel frames and cladding panels being manufactured in Melbourne and Launceston,” he said.
“The bio-frame’s lightweight support structure enables a better use of internal space and will require about 50 per cent less steel than a typical roof structure.
“Given the high embodied energy of steel, its minimal use in the stadium represents a significant environmental benefit. Rainwater will also be collected from the roof for use in the stadium, further enhancing its green credentials.
“The self supporting bio-frame shape also means there is no need for roof pylons, providing excellent sightlines for fans. Spectators will have an unparalleled experience in terms of comfort and being right on top of the action.
“The stadium will also feature a world-class playing surface and player’s facilities as well as an associated sports campus with medical facilities and administration offices.”
The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium will be operational in 2010 with the first tenants moving in by mid-2009.