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North Queensland Stadium construction progresses

Construction of the North Queensland Stadium in Townsville, Australia is progressing well.

The civil earthworks, driven piling and a significant amount of substructure and in-ground hydraulics work is already complete.

The 25,000 seat stadium will become the new home of the NRL’s North Queensland Cowboys.

The stadium features a horseshoe-shaped, cantilever roof inspired by the pandanus plant which is achieved by using folded plates instead of traditional trusses.

These plates have been chosen for their ability to resist cyclonic wind loads while also providing flexibility to allow for roof expansion and contraction due to tropical temperature fluctuation.

The horse-shoe design has been orientated to capture prevailing breezes and provide panoramic views of the surrounds and will feature generous plazas and landscaped green spaces as well as sports lighting incorporated into the stand roofing to eliminate the need for light towers.

The project, which has been designed by Cox Architecture and is being built by Watpac, is on track for delivery by the start of the 2020 NRL season.

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