The work of OneSteel Metalcentre and Spanlift Australia has brought Satellite City BMX Club the largest single span circuit roof in Australia, to Marlow Lagoon in the Northern Territory. The new 7,104m2 roof is the biggest roof lift ever carried out by Spanlift. Thanks to this “major engineering feat”, the stadium now eliminates the weather from affecting future races, in an area with climatic seasonal changes, so that local BMX riders can now use the facility all year round.
The impressive 110-metre x 68-meter clear span structure was manufactured in Spanlift’s Mount Gambier factory and involved over 150 tonnes of steel sourced locally from OneSteel Metalcentre.
OneSteel SA/NT Manager, Barry Kelly, said the project was a showcase of what could be achieved with innovative thinking, advanced design, a reliable and collaborative supply chain and utilizing the flexibility which only steel could provide.
The Northern Territory Government spent just shy of $2 million, to install the roof over the complex and to upgrade Spanlift Stadium through refurbishing the BMX track.
“The dramatic seasonal changes and heat we have in Darwin restricted the time of year and day that the old track could be used, but now with the roof it can be utilised in the Wet and Dry seasons and through-out all hours of the day,” said Phillip Leslie, the Executive Director of Sport and Recreation of the Department of Tourism and Culture.
“The upgrades will help local BMX riders to improve their skills and also enable the Satellite City BMX Club to host local and National competitions, which have a positive financial flow-on effect to all of Darwin,” added Mr. Leslie.
The new facility will be put to the ultimate test in October when the club hosts the 2017 NT BMX Titles. The Satellite City BMX club has also lodged an expression of interest with BMX Australia to hold a National series in 2018, which will provide a potential economic benefit to the local community.
“It’s very exciting that we can now pitch for and host national competitions and we know that interstate riders will be impressed with our facilities. The competition experience for our local riders is boundless,” said Daniel Shean, Satellite City BMX Club President.