Australian contractor Multiplex has completed the AUD128m ($95m) modern Club Stand at Flemington Racecourse of Victoria Racing Club (VRC).
The five-level Club Stand, designed by Bates Smart Architects, is the 10th grandstand to be built at Flemington since 1865.
Multiplex Victoria regional managing director Graham Cottam said: “We are thrilled to complete this iconic new Club Stand for the VRC and ensure that this event destination remains one of Australia’s most outstanding sporting venues.
“The Club Stand celebrates the rich history and character of Flemington Racecourse and will deliver a new and exciting experience to racing patrons.”
VRC chairman Amanda Elliott said: “We congratulate Multiplex on its success in bringing Bates Smart’s vision for the Club Stand to life. We look forward to preparing the finishing touches to the Club Stand before the start of the racing season.”
According to Multiplex, nearly 350 full-time equivalent jobs were created during the 18-month construction of the Club Stand with a peak of 435 workers on site.
The company said that approximately 1,500 tonnes of steel were used during construction.
A major feature of the project is the ‘petal’ projections that form the perimeter of the Stand at each floor, constructed using 90 precast panels each weighing up to 30 tonnes.
Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) features include usage of recycled plastic to build the Grandstand bench seats.
The Club Stand offers 360-degree views of the Mounting Yard, race track, Members Lawn, Parade Ring, Betting Ring and Winning Post.
An external walkway on the first floor around The Club Stand is connected to the existing Members Grandstand and Parade Ring. A new north-south corridor links the Betting Ring with the Members Lawn and Mounting Yard.
The Members Lawn is linked to function spaces on Level One by a sloping tier of seating encompassing viewing platforms and gardens. On Level Four, the roof garden offers landscaped areas with open and enclosed spaces beneath canopies.
Image: The Club Stand at Flemington Racecourse. Photo: Courtesy of Multiplex.