Kai Tak Sports Park construction milestone



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Kai Tak Sports Park update July 2023 Image: Kai Tak Sports Park

The Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong achieved a significant milestone on July 6th with the arrival of the final shipment of the retractable roof steel structure. This marks a pivotal stage in the building of the Main Stadium. The specific design of the retractable roof enables the Main Stadium to host various world-class mega sports, cultural and entertainment events in all weather conditions.

‘Kai Tak Sports Park’ stated that with its heavy steel structural roof including stringent acoustic specification, the Main Stadium will be one of the most effective sound insulated sports facilities in the world.

The Kai Tak Sports Park is a fully integrated sports, leisure and entertainment destination. The 280,000 square meter Sports Park will be part of the redevelopment on the site of the old Hong Kong International Airport in Kai Tak. The Sports Park features a 50,000 seat Main Stadium with a retractable roof, an Indoor Sports Centre with the flexibility to host community sports and events of up to 10,000 seats and a Public Sports Ground with a capacity of 5,000 seats. These venues will be complemented with extensive public open spaces for events and leisure together with the retail and harbor front dining space.

James Irvine, Director, Commercial, Kai Tak Sports Park, Hong Kong SAR China, is a Member of Coliseum – Global Sports Venue Alliance.

‘Kai Tak Sports Park’ further stated that the retractable roof is one of the key features of the Main Stadium of Kai Tak Sports Park. The entire roof comprises 15,000 tonnes of structural steel with a main truss span of 180 meters including over 4,800 tonnes of retractable roofing on the East and West sides. Using the geographical advantage of facing the harbor, the retractable roof trusses, after fabrication in Zhongshan and Dongguan, were divided into eight components for shipment to Hong Kong. The project team has been utilizing various integrated digital technologies such as Building Information Modeling (‘BIM’) and Design for Manufacture and Assembly (‘DfMA’) to visualize the entire construction process in advance.

This enhances installation accuracy and efficiency in both design and construction. The team will then proceed with lifting the retractable roof using the advanced ‘Hydraulic Strand Jack Lifting System’.

This system can greatly increase installation and construction efficiency, work quality and safety.

As the largest sports infrastructure project ever in Hong Kong, the Kai Tak Sports Park has adopted advanced construction methods and innovative technologies throughout the design and construction process. The major facilities within the precinct are expected to be completed in phases by the end of 2024.

The Kai Tak Sports Park authorities look forward to staging a diverse range of year round mega sports events in Hong Kong for years to come. Its team will directly support the Government to implement the sports development policy objectives such as promoting sports for all, supporting elite sports and promoting Hong Kong as a strategic hub for major international sports events.

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