South Africans are getting ready to host the world for a month of soccer celebrations, with a number of new iconic stadiums built to host the games.
Structural steel suppliers played a crucial role in getting all the stadiums and other related infrastructure, including roads and public transport such as the Rea Vaya bus system, in place before the World Cup.
Soccer City in Soweto, which will play host to the opening game and the final of this years FIFA World Cup, required more than 13 000 tonnes of structural steel. The unique design, representing a calabash, also required 9 million bricks, 10 000 tonnes of reinforcement steel, 90 000 m of concrete and about 9,98 million construction hours.
In order to meet Soccer Citys unique requirements, structural steel suppliers had to source material from abroad, with a significant quantity imported from a specialist firm in Italy.
Structural steel suppliers also played a crucial role in the successful completion of the award-winning Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. Its big attraction is its unique roof structure, with consists of five structural elements, including a major steel arch, supporting cables, a membrane roof and a steel compression ring resting on steel columns.
The steel arch, weighing 3 500 tonnes, was imported from Germany in sections. It will boast a cable car that will carry visitors to the middle of the arch, to a viewing platform and 550-step adventure walk.
Structural steel suppliers play a crucial role in the construction industry, providing steel products complying with strict quality standards regarding shapes, sizes, composition and strength. Building design often fluctuates in line with changes in raw material prices during times of lower steel prices, more steel and less concrete is usually used, and vice versa.