Don’t be alarmed if you see a troop of abseilers scaling the heights of the Twin Towns building this month. It’s all part of ongoing works that will see the Club become a dazzling, illuminated border landmark in early April, in time to welcome visitors to the Commonwealth Games.
The abseilers have almost 6,000 LED dots to install on the building, along with a 16 metre by five metre, high resolution screen that will wrap around the circular wall on the exterior of the building.
Behind the screen, a low-resolution backdrop, projected across the ‘cotton reel’ façade, will bring life and colour to the entire building. Once switched on, Twin Towns will become illuminated by a customisable display of colour, movement and imagery.
Twin Towns CEO Rob Smith said the installation would be one of the most technologically advanced, permanent lighting displays in Australia and a first-of-its-kind for NSW registered clubs.
“Twin Towns will become a dynamic digital canvas, with images of destination highlights, photo-real videos, animations and graphics.
“I have no doubt it will be Australia’s most spectacular border marker,” said Rob.
The company designing, manufacturing and installing the lightshow, Gold Coast-based ULA Group, is globally recognised for its many large-scale projects, including the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Auckland Sky Tower and Brisbane City Hall.
ULA Group National Project Manager Russell Muddle said they are heading into the final phase of construction and the entire team is excited to see the project coming to fruition.
“Four abseilers will be working on lighting installations in early February and nightworks will commence around the middle of the month to install the seven panels which will form the screen.
“Roads closures for the screen installation should have minimal impact as these will be after-hours.
“Then, there will be several weeks of programming and testing before the screens go live in early April, provided there aren’t any weather issues or delays receiving the last of the lighting components from overseas.
“After more than four years of planning, switching on the lightshow is now only a matter of weeks away,” said Russell.
Once completed, Twin Towns will be illuminated from 7pm to midnight, seven nights a week.