Northbuild was the proud recipient of a 2015 Queensland Master Builders State Housing and Construction Award, in the category of Sporting Facilities up to $5 Million, for their Laidley Clubhouse and Grandstand (Sports Complex) construction.
The attractive and practical sports complex for the community of Laidley integrates old with the new, with smart appearance, durability and flexibility for multiple uses. The project, undertaken for the Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC), spanned seven months and was completed by 10 February 2015.
The project began with demolition of an existing timber grandstand circa 1930. Despite its poor condition, the stand held much sentimental attachment. Selected ironbark timbers were carefully removed for reuse in the new building, and also to provide to the Laidley Pioneer Village for its construction of a replica.
The new Complex is constructed with a floor height above design flood levels. It encompasses an expansive Multifunction Room, Kitchen, Canteens, Bar and, Club Rooms, Toilets and a Grandstand. The entrance is constructed from the dressed timbers from the old grandstand, providing a visually striking and clever link between the old and the new.
Andrew Civil, Northbuild’s Western Region Manager commented that “One of the most interesting challenges was on-site casting of grandstand terraces, a method chosen to meet cost and quality requirements. The casting program ran over several months, involving a weekly cycle of pouring and turning out concrete members from sheet metal forms”.
“Despite weather constraints a precise assembly was achieved, producing an outstanding structural and visual result” said Civil.
The new complex has been well received by the community, with political and sporting identities showing appreciation.