Sleeman Centre Freestyle Skiing Training Facility

The world-class training centre will be the first one of its kind in the southern hemisphere

The Sleeman Centre Ski Jumps will be a world-class facility and available all year round for emerging and elite Winter Olympic athletes.  The freestanding steel structure consists of seven jump profiles for the various aerial disciplines ranging from moguls to slopestyle.

TTW engineered a custom folded cold-form steel deck profile to suit the ramp geometry and minimise defections while also providing adequate fixing areas for the ski surface consisting of HDPE and SkiTrax. A bespoke polycarbonate impact barrier with an integrated bump rail runs the length of the ramps, and have been designed to absorb the lateral impact load of a skier travelling at 70km/h.

The 34m high freestanding steel structure created several challenges in designing for the high wind loads in the Queensland area. The impermeable ramp surface creates a large sail-like structure, and several complex node connections were required to provide an adequately braced steel structure and minimise lateral deflections.

Client: OWIA, Sports Australia, AOC, Queensland Government

Architect: Gardner Wetherill Associates

Builder: Buildcorp

Value: $7M

Completion: 2020

Sector: Sports & Leisure

Services: Structural