With Papua New Guinea due to host the auspicious Pacific Games in July 2015, a world class stadium was needed. The old Sir John Guise Outdoor Stadium needed a serious revamp to bring it up to the required standard to host an international event. This included redeveloping the 900 seat grandstand into a 15,000 seat purpose-built athletics complex.
The scope included upgrade of the existing 8 lane athletics track to international standards; new spectator seating to accommodate 15,000 people for the Pacific Games opening and closing ceremonies; refurbishment of the infield to accommodate international rugby and soccer matches; upgrading and extending the existing grandstand, lounge areas, office spaces and athletes change facilities; media and conference facilities and construction of a warm-up track and hockey facilities.
With tight deadlines to have the venue ready for the Pacific Games, and the stadium already under construction, the handrails needed to be modular, flexible, and quick to install, as time constraints meant very limited on-site measurements could be acquired.
The system also needed to comply with international standards (Green Guide for Stadiums & Sports grounds). Requiring a very high load rating of 3kN/m, the system was re-engineered from the standard 0.75kN/m to meet the required standard – quite a significant achievement for our team
With the constant high humidity that Papua New Guinea experiences, being fully Hot Dipped Galvanised was a must to prevent on-going maintenance issues. It also meant that trimming or fitting could be carried out without the need for on-site welding, which causes problems later.
With limited resources for galvanising and fabricating this type of specialist product in Papua New Guinea, the only option was for Fletchers Morobe Construction Ltd to source the product internationally. To bring this in as a fabricated item would have led to extensive changes onsite - the building was old and often the contractor had to diverge from the design drawings. The Moddex balustrades, part of the Monkey Toe Systems product range, was perfect for the job.
Other Monkey Toe also installed their premium Aluminium Walkways in the Stadium roof to provide safe access to the lighting and other equipment. This was installed using specialised mounting brackets that bolted direct to the existing stadium roof structure.