Case Study

Hodge Sports Centre

  • Location
    Scots College, Wellington
  • Client
    Scots College
  • Architect
    Athfield Architects
  • Structural Engineer
    Clendon, Burns & Park
  • Builder
    Field and Hall
  • Date
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An Award-Winning Structure

Our Challenge
The Hodge Sports Centre is a sporting and recreational facility at Scot’s College’s Wellington campus. The building’s primary structure consists of complex curved Glulam portals to form two sides of a covering ‘shell’ of polycarbonate cladding. The portals create a tubular interior space with the frame fixing points expressed with pin joints at the apex, and socket joints at the base.

The Techlam Solution
Techlam manufactured and delivered the portal frames to site, with an early morning delivery required due to the over-dimensional nature of the beams.

The timber laminates and grain of the portals were finished with a clear coating. The gentle curves create small spaces between the portal legs, where seating and storage elements are situated.
The secondary structure is made up of timber LVL purlins and steel cross bracing tension rods. The tubular interior space forms a shell of protection from the worst of Wellington’s weather, allowing year-round sporting activities.

This structure received a Highly Commended award at the Timber Design Awards 2012 - Engineering Excellence.

Products Used

Large Portal Frames

Large curved tapered beams and portal frames make a strong architectural statement, while providing practical shelter and seating for year-round sporting and recreational activities.


Laminated Purlins

All of the brackets and components of the laminated purlins were pre-fabricated in the Techlam plant before being assembled on site.

Richard Field

Managing Director

Field & Hall Ltd

“Field & Hall Ltd worked with Techlam on the Covered Sports Centre project for Scots College in Wellington.”

“Techlam supplied the curved Glulam beams complete with shoe and apex connection plates for this project. Their workmanship was of high quality, arrived on time and as specified. Any queries and variations were dealt with efficiently and promptly. Field & Hall Ltd would recommend them to any client and are looking forward to have the opportunity to working with them again in the future.”

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