Designed by COX Architects, the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane is Queensland’s first indoor velodrome. Purpose-built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the velodrome can house up to 1,500 spectators and expands to accommodate a further 2,000 spectators. The world-class facility is now used for cycling events year-round including Track National Championships, Queensland National Championships, as well as Cycling Queensland Club events.
The velodrome is notable for its large saddle-form roof which covers an area of over 10,000m². The large steel superstructure is clad on the walls and roof with a combination of opaque and translucent tensioned membrane fabric designed to reduce the need for artificial lighting throughout the day, providing significant energy savings.
For the steel structure, Stadiums Queensland wanted a coating that would combine exceptional colour and gloss performance with durability so maintenance and repair could be kept to a minimum. With this in mind, PPG suggested their PSX 700 two-coat system.
PSX 700 is a two-component, engineered siloxane coating that offers three times the abrasion resistance of polyurethanes and two times the adhesion of epoxies. The system is easy and efficient to apply which improves efficiency compared to standard three-coat systems. In addition, the system is ultra-low VOC, low odour and reduces the accumulation of dirt and mildew.
Ultimately, for COX Architects and Stadiums Queensland, it was the high gloss finish, exceptional retention of colour and gloss and long-term corrosion protection that made PSX 700 the best choice for the project — enabling them to meet their vision while minimising long-term maintenance costs.
The PSX 700 coating was applied by Tranzblast Coating Services who successfully worked through the challenges posed by the large roof trusses thanks to their purpose-built facility. PPG worked closely with the Tranzblast throughout the project and provided technical assistance for the fabricator with on-site connection touch-ups.
Thanks to PSX 700 and the impeccable work by Tranzblast Coating Services, the Anna Meares Velodrome now boasts an exceptional gloss finish with an extended life cycle. The striking result perfectly matches the architects’ vision and establishes the velodrome as a world-class cycling facility.