Wednesday, August 11, 2010

News: Macalloy supports innovative stadium structure


Rotherham construction specialists, Macalloy, has supplied their tendons to support an innovative roof at a new ice skating stadium under construction in Germany.

Based in Dinnington, Macalloy are world leaders in design, manufacture and supply of threaded bar and cable systems to engineering and construction projects across the globe.

The stadium at Inzell, Bavaria is being built at the foot of the Alps and will host the Ice Speed Skating World Cup in 2011. The existing outdoor rink is being retained and housed beneath a new signature roof structure.

The 82.5m spanned roof structure will be column free and made from glue laminated timber with the support of Macalloy 460 and Macalloy 520 tendons, which form steel trusses.

Architects, Behnisch, chose timber and Macalloy steel trusses because, with a special reflective fabric applied to the underside, they will help retain the cold air, whilst maximising the amount of daylight coming through a series of large rooflights.

Macalloy has recently been presented with the Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2010 for international trade in recognition of the company's export earnings that have increased by 124% in six years.

Other sports projects that have utilised Macalloy systems include the venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg; the main venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the City of Manchester Stadium; the Olympia Stadion in Berlin, that hosted six games at the 2006 World Cup; and the Khalifa Stadium in Doha.

Macalloy website

Images: Macalloy / Behnisch Architects


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