Flemington’s construction partner Multiplex has reached a major milestone this week with the ‘topping out’ of the brand new $128 million state-of-the-art Club Stand.
Designed by Bates Smart Architects, the iconic five-level Club Stand will set a new benchmark for racecourse facilities.
The last of the steel structure has been installed on the roof garden and work on the interiors and external seating decks continues apace to ensure the five-level building will be ready for VRC Members and their guests to enjoy this Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“We are delighted to reach this significant milestone. This new stand will be unlike anything racing patrons have seen before,” Multiplex Regional Managing Director Victoria Graham Cottam said.
A signature feature of the project includes the ‘petal’ projections which form the perimeter of the Stand at each floor. They were constructed using 90 precast panels each weighing up to 30 tonnes.
Approximately 1,500 tonnes of steel has been used during construction with one tower crane and up to six mobile cranes on-site each day during the main structural steel construction period.
The Club Stand has been designed to celebrate the rich history and character of Flemington Racecourse.
It will offer sweeping 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 will wrap around the Club Stand and connect to the existing Members’ Stand and Parade Ring.
A new north-south corridor will form the heart of the new Club Stand and will also link the Betting Ring with the Members’ Lawn and Mounting Yard.
The Members’ Lawn will be enlarged and seamlessly linked to function spaces on Level One by a grand sloping tier of seating encompassing viewing platforms and gardens.
On Level Five, a rooftop garden will offer landscaped areas with open and enclosed spaces beneath canopies, a signature design element of the Club Stand’s architecture.
Multiplex has strong credentials delivering high-profile landmark projects across Australia including the Melbourne Convention Centre, Federation Square and Crown Perth.