The highest roof truss has been installed in the new National Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub, an important step towards the completion of this new Singapore landmark and the crown jewel of the Sports Hub, with the entire construction project on track to open in April 2014.
When completed, the new National Stadium will have the largest free-spanning dome roof in the world, covering 310 metres wide. This dome will incorporate a moving roof, ensuring the stadium is protected from extreme weather conditions. The result is a stadium design with an integrated bowl cooling system that uses less than 15 per cent of energy as compared to a conventional air-conditioned stadium.
Mr. Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, visiting the site, said:
I’m glad that we’ve reached this major milestone in the construction of the National Stadium. This testifies to the commitment and dedication of our partners to deliver the project on schedule. I’ve talked to many people in the sports community, and we are all excited about the completion of the Stadium and the Sports Hub.
Mr. Ludwig Reichhold, Managing Director, Dragages Singapore Pte. Ltd. said:
Designing and building the largest free-spanning dome in the world is definitely not an easy feat and much credit goes to the very close working relationship between the design and production teams. Once finished, we will have constructed a fixed roof which has around 12,000 elements – along with a retractable roof over the stadium pitch with the approximate weight of about 1,000 tons – a testament to the high level of engineering and ingenuity that has gone into this innovative design. Levering the highest truss into place is a defining point in time and a symbolic pillar in the build of the National Stadium, and keeps us on track to finish the project by April 2014.