From the Resene News – issue 3/2010
Sport wins - Saxton Field stadium
Saxton Field on Saxton Road East in Nelson, is home to a variety of sporting codes, with the aim to host a growing range of sporting activities in the future. A recent development on the site has provided sports lovers with an 8000 square metre stadium complete with five international sized netball and basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts and a self contained table tennis stadium.
Constructed of lightweight tubular steel, the main stadium roof is a single 40 metre curved span, which at no point penetrates to the exterior of the building. The stadium contains environmentally sustainable features such as a ‘trombe’ wall, which is a 200mm thick precast concrete wall providing passive solar heating and heat disbursement. Other environmentally focused features include six single rainwater storage tanks collecting up to 125,000 litres of rainwater, which is used as greywater, and solar panels.
Striving to achieve a natural look material finish, but bearing in mind longer term protection and maintenance requirements, exterior steelwork was finished with Resene Uracryl, complemented with a Resene Uracryl anti-graffiti system on exterior concrete panels. Interior precast concrete surfaces are finished in clear Resene Aquapel water repellent.
The glulam portals to the entrance lobby were first treated with Resene Weathershield, a protective clear coating designed to protect the timber during the transport and early construction phase then topcoated in three coats of Resene Qristal HD Poly-Satin polyurethane allowing the natural grain of the timber to show through.
The extensive and striking use of timber was rewarded with the top award in the NZ Wood Timber Design Awards for Commercial Architectural Excellence. And the stadium’s extensive facilities are well rewarded with sports people racing to make the most of the new world class facilities.
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