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Hodge Sports Centre

Scots College

Location: Wellington

Client: Scots College

Architect: Athfield Architects

Structural Engineer: Clendon, Burns & Park

Builder: Field and Hall

Products Used: Large Curved Tapered Portal Frames

Date: 2011

Our Challenge

The need for the Hodge Sports Centre resulted from Scots College’s desire to provide additional sporting and recreation facilities at their Wellington campus. The buildings primary structure consists of complex curved Glulam portals to form 2 sides to 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.

Our Solution

Techlam manufactured and delivered the portal frames to site.  An early morning delivery was required due to the over dimensional nature of the beams!
The timber laminates and grain of the portals was finished with a clear coating. The gentle curves of the portals create small scale spaces between the portal legs, where seating and storage elements are located. 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 was Highly Commended – Timber Design Awards 2012 – Engineering Excellence.

Client Feedback

“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.”

Richard Field, Managing Director ~ Field & Hall Ltd

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