The Margaret Court
Arena (MCA) at Melbourne Park recently underwent major upgrades including a
retractable roof to fully enclose the stadium to allow events to be held in any
Working with NH Architecture, the arena Architects, Vector Lifting were engaged to completely design, manufacture and install the moving roof drive and control system.
The retractable roof comprises of two independent panels, each supported on a series of drive and idler bogies designed by Vector Lifting.
Each panel is approximately 60m x 40m in area and can travel simultaneously or individually as required by the arena operators.
When designing the roof consideration was given to opening speeds and roof performance including a series of roof skew controls to ensure the roof operated within the design load allowances of the stadium structure.
It is believed that at the MCA retractable roof was the fastest in the world, opening or closing in under 5 minutes.
As well as the mechanical design of the roof, Vector Lifting designed and manufactured the control system.
Primary control of the roof is focused in the Event Control Room where roof operators overlook the stadium court and the roof above. To move the roof, operators use the Touch screen display to input a desired open position. Once input the roof operates automatically driving and stopping at the required location.