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One of Qatar’s most important stadium construction sites is evolving rapidly and is beginning to take shape on the ground. The main contractor for Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City, proposed host venue up to the semi-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, has been recently mobilised on site. With the design based on a Qatari tent also evolving to incorporate new and more durable materials, Al Bayt Stadium is starting to rise from the ground on a specially designed hill, which resembles the traditional areas chosen to make these types of tent more visible for visitors.

Several milestones have already been reached at Al Bayt Stadium, which will have a net seating capacity of 60,000. Enabling and early works including the site offices for the Project Management Team and hoarding have been completed, while the construction supervision consultant – KEO International Consultants – has been named. A joint venture between Galfar Al Misnad, Salini Impregilo Group and Cimolai are the team that will be in charge of main construction, which is planned to be completed by the end of 2018.

Dr. Nasser Hamad Al Hajeri, Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City Project Director at Aspire Zone Foundation, highlighted the recent safety milestone by saying:

Achieving more than one million man hours without suffering a Lost-Time Accident is a major achievement towards the safe and timely delivery of this stadium.

The main contractor has arrived with the construction site in a very good situation. They will be able to continue the good work on the ground and we expect the first concrete activity to take place before the end of this year.

Meanwhile, Eng. Mohemed Ahmed, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Project Manager for Khalifa International Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City said:

This is a very positive achievement for Al Bayt Stadium. A lot of preparation work has been completed. Now we are looking forward to the steel and concrete arriving, and the stadium really starting to take shape.

As the site continues to progress, the team behind the design has also continued the evolution of the project with updates made to the unique exterior façade, which is a Qatari concept inspired by the traditional Bedouin tent. The design team has made the adaption to guarantee longer durability of the stadium, as Al Bayt Stadium will be made of long-life material called Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a white type of plastic mixed with other components. This design evolution means that the updated stadium design includes more bright colouring elements than previously seen.

The technical team is already undertaking the necessary tests to ascertain the resistance in Qatar’s environment of this material, which is used in well-known football venues like the Allianz Arena in Munich and the roof of Stadium Mário Filho (Maracanã) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Additionally, the precinct master plan has been modified to fit more green areas, including walking and jogging tracks, horse tracks, cycling tracks and family areas, as well as playing areas for families in the inner circle immediately surrounding the stadium bowl. This will bring the car park to the outer perimeter, providing more spatial areas for the local community to benefit from.

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Qatar’s journey to the Opening and Final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ is now underway. Progress is visible on the spot where Lusail Stadium, the centrepiece of the first World Cup in the Middle East, will seat 80,000 spectators in a spectacular venue inspired by Qatari traditions and culture.

Five kilometres of hoarding surround the site of the proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ Final, where site facilities and offices have been finalised, marking the completion of the early works phase.

Lusail Stadium is the sixth stadium currently under construction across Qatar. Two major packages have been recently completed at the one million square metre site: early works and site investigation. These packages include the installation of site facilities and offices, which will be the home for the Lusail Stadium technical team for the coming years.

Mubarak Al-Khulaifi, SC Project Director at Lusail Stadium, said:

We are very pleased to have initiated a presence on the site, which has a special significance for us all as the proposed host venue for the Opening and Final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Following the timely conclusion of the early works phase, we aim to shortly commence enabling works. The scope for this phase will be comprised of the heavy civil works required to facilitate the construction of the stadium structure.

The site investigation has provided information about critical aspects of the site such as the quality of the soil and the groundwater levels, which will form a part of the basis of design for the stadium foundations and substructure. It has also generated information about site levels, and the grading and levelling work required to achieve the finished site profile. The final design for Lusail Stadium will be presented in 2016.

Al-Khulaifi added:

The concept phase of the stadium design has been completed and approved, opening the way for the schematic phase. For Lusail Stadium we are building a venue which will become an internationally-recognisable landmark. It is worth noting that it is also on the flight path coming in from a number of countries for fans arriving to Hamad International Airport.

In the months following the award of the design contract to Foster + Partners this March, the SC and the designers have worked hand-in-hand to capture a sense of local and regional architecture, reflecting the aesthetics of Qatar.

Lusail City

The stadium has been designed to be in harmony with the surrounding Lusail City. To achieve this, extensive work has been carried out to integrate the stadium with the neighbouring masterplan. Regular coordination is held with the local municipal authority for the exchange of engineering information about the utilities and services in order to ensure alignment with the available sources in the area.

Located in Lusail City, 15km north of Doha, the stadium will have an 80,000-seat capacity.

All contracts on Lusail Stadium incorporate the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards. Contractual enforcement of these standards and a rigorous four-tier auditing system guarantees international best practice on Lusail Stadium as construction advances further in the coming months.

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Images & information courtesy: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

http://www.sc.qa/en/about/news/construction-underway-at-qatar-s-final-venue-lusail-stadiu

 

Trevor Easley, Host Country Security Design, Risk and Assurance Lead at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qatar) is one of the 50+ industry-elite speakers taking part in this month’s must-attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event.

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If you haven’t already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at: www.saevents.uk.com

SC outlines 10 ways to integrate cooling into the proposed 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ host venues

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As Qatar continues to make progress on its proposed host venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is also developing and improving the environmentally-friendly cooling technology that will allow soccer to be played in the country year-round after the event.

The following ten cooling methods are part of an integrated approach in the design of different facilities and venues from concept design phase, to ensure they leave a lasting legacy for their communities to use and enjoy the benefits of sport:

 

1.       Solar shading
By building in such a way as to keep not only people, but also specific areas of a building out of direct sunlight, it’s possible to reduce the heat absorbed by a structure by as much as 85%. This can range from strategically planting suitable vegetation around buildings to selecting specialist materials than limit solar transmission.

2.       Natural ventilation
Throughout its history, Qatar has sought natural ways to keep cool, and the importance of building ventilation systems into houses, souqs and other structures, has been recognised here for centuries. By utilising natural forces, such as differences in pressure caused by wind, which draws air towards low pressure areas, and/or thermal buoyancy which causes hot air to be displaced by cooler air, natural ventilation can serve two functions that would otherwise have to be provided by mechanical systems, namely reducing the temperature of an area and improving indoor air quality by ventilation.

3.       Night-time ventilation
Although Qatar experiences extreme temperatures during summer days, nights are breezier and cooler. This shift will be an advantage during the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ with night-time ventilation technology, which is also renewable. This process relies on the walls, floors and other surfaces being cooled at night when temperatures are lower. The cooled surfaces are then able to absorb heat during the day thus allowing people within the area to enjoy a cooler environment.

4.       Evaporative cooling
Evaporative cooling utilizes the cooling effect generated by water as it absorbs heat to change state to a vapour in the process of evaporation. It is most widely understood from the process of perspiration, but it can also be used to keep buildings cool. Just as sweat evaporates to cool your body by absorbing heat, a water spray near a near a building or space absorbs heat and evaporates to create a cooler local environment.

5.       Passive Cooling
Passive cooling is the process of cooling a space or building without use of energy input. Some of the walkways outside of the 2022 stadiums will be passively cooled. Passive cooling can be used in combination with other methods and leads to reduction of energy-intensive cooling systems. For some spaces inside buildings, passive cooling may be sufficient for achieving the desired air quality and comfort levels.

                                                                                                       Mechanical ventilation system.

6.       Mechanical ventilation
Mechanical ventilation involves the supply of outdoor air to, or removal of room air from, a building using electrically powered fans. There are three basic types of mechanical ventilation systems: one that relies on outdoor air brought into the building, one which discharges indoor air, and a balanced system which uses both.

7.       Hybrid ventilation
This two-mode system combines the best aspects of natural and mechanical ventilation at different times of the day or season of the year to provide a comfortable indoor environment and good air quality.

                                                                                                                 Refrigeration cycle.

8.       Refrigeration
This process involves moving heat from one location to another. This cycle is used in most household refrigerators as well as in many large commercial and industrial refrigeration systems. Basically heat is taken from the space that needs cooling and rejected to the outside environment with the help of electrically driven compressor systems in most cases.

9.       District cooling systems
Any group of buildings with large cooling needs normally requires a district cooling system. This means the centralised production and distribution of cooling energy. Chilled water is delivered via an underground insulated pipeline to office, industrial and residential buildings to cool the indoor air of the buildings within a ‘district’.

10.       Air Conditioning
Given that this technology allows the control of air flow and temperature precisely, cooling units will be incorporated into stadiums. However, air conditioning will mainly be used in conjunction with more energy-efficient cooling methods as part of a ‘hybrid’ solution.

The range of solutions that the SC continues to investigate and actively develop is a testament to the commitment to find sustainable innovation in cooling technology. Considering the number of nations with similar climates that could benefit from this technology once the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ is over, this will also leave a considerable legacy after the tournament.

 

Source: http://www.sc.qa/en/about/news/10_ways_to_integrate_cooling_in_host_venues_qatar

Main image caption: An example of cooling technology used by the SC at the Brazil 2014 Fan Zone at Katara.

Images & text courtesy: Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)

 

FIFA World Cup 2022™ host venue, Khalifa International Stadium, is to feature Birdair’s PTFE Membrane, ETFE Film and Tensotherm™.

Based on its wealth of experience, including expertise using world-class products, Taiyo Middle East, a Birdair subsidiary, was selected to provide the design, fabrication, supply and installation of the membrane roofing system for the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

With Projacs serving as the project manager, and Dar Al-Handasah as the design consultant, the renovated stadium will have a unique, modern design and aesthetic, containing a combination of three major product lines for the roof system: PTFE fibreglass membrane, single ETFE film and Tensotherm™, a translucent insulated tensioned membrane system. Birdair will provide the design, fabrication and supply of all three membranes.

The majority of the roof system will feature approximately 500,000sqft of PTFE fibreglass membrane. An approximate 35,000sqft portion of the south leading edge of the roof will utilise a single-layered ETFE film supported by a cable net. Lastly, another portion located on the lower edges near the compression ring will incorporate Birdair’s Tensotherm system in order to provide thermal performance. The installation of all three membrane systems will be performed by Birdair’s subsidiary, Taiyo Middle East, located in Dubai. (Taiyo Kogyo Corporation was an exhibitor at our inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event, which will again return to the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30.)

About Khalifa International Stadium

The Aspire Zone Foundation, a stakeholder of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), is leading the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium, which will feature 40,000 seats for spectators in 2022, along with a number of upgraded facilities.

The sweeping arc and undulating roof of Khalifa International Stadium are visible from afar, providing a striking introduction to the Aspire Zone. Named after the former Emir, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani, Khalifa International Stadium forms an integral part of the vast sporting facility. Located approximately 14km from the centre of Doha, the Aspire Zone is the home to Aspire Academy, which is training many of the young players who are expected to form the backbone of Qatar’s 2022 squad. Aspetar, a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence credited with helping top footballers from around the world recover from injuries, is there too, as are numerous other world-class sporting facilities.

The stadium will be the host venue for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships and for FIFA World Cup 2022™ matches.

The cooling technologies being installed at the venue will guarantee a comfortable fan experience and ideal conditions for players and match officials.

New facilities at the stadium will include the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, which will celebrate Qatar’s culture of sport and the global sports heritage represented by the Olympic Games. The museum, one of 22 members of the Olympic Museum Network, will feature interactive exhibits alongside historical objects, guaranteeing a wide audience and further cementing Qatar’s position as a centre of sporting excellence in the Middle East.

The renovation of Khalifa International Stadium is being undertaken in part to take advantage of green technologies that have blossomed in the years since the stadium was built. To ensure that Qatar achieves its goal of hosting an environmentally-friendly FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will target Global Sustainability Assessment Systems (GSAS) certification. Underscoring Qatar’s commitment to sustainability, fans will have the option of taking the brand new metro to matches. Sports City station, located directly adjacent to the stadium, will prove crucial in reducing the tournament’s carbon footprint.

 

 

SC unveils new 40,000-capacity Al Rayyan Stadium design as fifth proposed World Cup venue

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Last night, The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) unveiled the design of Al Rayyan Stadium – the fifth proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

Dipesh Patel, Architect and Founder of Pattern Design, the Lead Design Consultants on Al Rayyan Stadium, said:

A key feature of the stadium is its elegant, ornate façade: a contemporary take on traditional Naquish patterns specific to Qatari culture. This builds on our interest in how patterns are culturally rich symbols with a universal appeal. The stadium’s distinctive façade was created using cutting-edge parametric design tools so that it also plays an important role in cooling the building. The result is a landmark for Qatar that works effectively both as a world-stage for sport and, we hope, something that is genuinely meaningful and welcoming locally.

Built on the site of Al Rayyan Sports Club’s existing stadium, Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, work is due to be completed in first quarter of 2019 and the stadium will have a capacity of 40,000 spectators in tournament mode. This will be reduced to 21,000 post-tournament, with the upper tier of seats removed and sent to developing nations in need of sports infrastructure.

The stadium will feature the innovative sustainable cooling technology delivered by the SC and its stakeholders. This will ensure comfortable viewing conditions for fans and a cooler playing temperature for players during the legacy use of the stadium for domestic competitions, international matches and tournaments hosted in Qatar.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said:

Unveiling the design of Al Rayyan stadium is another important step forward in our preparations to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. We will continue to work tirelessly as our vision for the tournament takes on shape on the ground.

Sustainability is at the heart of the design, with 90% of materials generated from the deconstruction of the current stadium re-used. Some of the materials will be used by local and international artists to create works of public art, whilst other materials to be reused include; timber doors, windows and frames were used in the accommodation and some in the site offices; Water fixtures and fittings, light switches and sockets were used in the accommodation; Concrete was crushed and stored for future site levelling works; Reinforcement bar and other metals to be recycled by Qatar Steel; Topsoil has been stockpiled for future precinct landscaping works or sold to others; Scrap timber will be recycled by licensed centres across Qatar.

The design will actively reduce the carbon footprint of the stadium and precinct through on-site renewable energy, lightweight building design, careful selection of materials, and energy and water efficiency measures. The stadium is designed with the goal of certification under both the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings.

Speaking at the launch, HE Mr. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Qatar’s Minister of Youth and Sports, said:

Today’s design presentation of the fifth proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is a significant announcement. It confirms that Qatar has moved from the stage of reiterating its bid commitments towards demonstrating its ability to deliver several important infrastructure projects to the highest international standards in accordance with the timetables set.

Al Rayyan’s sporting heritage and Qatar’s environment is reflected in the design of the stadium. The stadium’s façade will feature a multitude of patterns and designs, which draw on the history of Al Rayyan, as well as Qatari culture. Featuring an innovatively designed exterior, it also aims to create a sense of place unique to Al Rayyan in particular, and more generally to the culture of Qatar and the Middle East. The hospitality and service areas will be located outside the stadium.

David Barwell, AECOM Chief Executive Middle East and India said:

We are proud to be involved with the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ programme and continue our support of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. Sport has always been about passion, thrills and incredible achievements and it is exciting to watch the momentum building for the games. As the project manager for the Al Rayyan Stadium and Precinct, we see our strength in connection, bringing together our global team of experts from previous major sporting and FIFA events, and the embedded knowledge in country, technology and cooling experts, all of which is led by our strong project, commercial management and delivery team. We connect the collective knowledge, experience and innovative ideas to create an amazing sporting venue that brings people closer together and close to the action. The community and culture of Al Rayyan has been at the heart of what we are trying to achieve, creating a destination venue that will leave a meaningful legacy they can be proud of, now and in the future.

 

Yaver Abidi, Regional Managing Director Middle East and Asia, Ramboll – Lead Design Consultant on the Al Rayyan Stadium, said: 

Ramboll is delighted to be the lead consultant for such a high profile and ambitious project. The exciting vision that the Supreme Council laid out for the Al Rayyan Stadium has required our very best talent to create cutting edge  approaches and solutions for the unique challenges we face in this project. The sophisticated modelling employed has heavily influenced the innovative designs for cooling systems and the advanced roof and wind screen design, with best practice being used to optimise designs for waste reduction and energy management strategies. The Al Rayyan Stadium will deliver an impressive and comfortable experience for fans and players alike and leave a strong legacy for the Al Rayyan community.

 

Dipesh Patel, Architect and Founder of Pattern Design, the Lead Design Consultants on Al Rayyan, added:

A key feature of the stadium is its elegant, ornate façade: a contemporary take on traditional Naquish patterns specific to Qatari culture. This builds on our interest in how patterns are culturally rich symbols with a universal appeal. The stadium’s distinctive façade was created using cutting-edge parametric design tools so that it also plays an important role in cooling the building. The result is a landmark for Qatar that works effectively both as a world-stage for sport and, we hope, something that is genuinely meaningful and welcoming locally.

 

Al Rayyan Stadium is the fifth stadium design that the SC has unveiled. Work is now underway across the following stadiums: Al Wakrah, Al Bayt – Al Khor, Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar Foundation Stadium & Health and Wellness Precinct and Al Rayyan Stadium.

 

The Team:

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) ensures that all preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ align with Qatar’s other development imperatives, as described in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016. Along with its stakeholders, the SC is tasked with delivering stadiums and other infrastructure for an amazing 2022 FIFA World Cup™ that will leave a lasting legacy for Qatar, the region and the world.

The delivery goals of the SC include exceptional programme and stakeholder management to ensure the timely delivery of infrastructure, stadiums and non-competition venues; integrating Qatari culture into all hosting plans, to provide the best possible image of the Middle East when the world arrives in Qatar in 2022; and adopting high environmental standards on all projects, contributing to the delivery of an environmentally friendly tournament.

In addition to delivering infrastructure in line with Qatar’s long-term development plans, legacy goals of the SC include nurturing exceptional local and international talent and incubating the Josoor Institute, a centre of excellence for the sports and events industries in the Middle East; fostering the development of Qatar’s private sector and streamlining regulatory frameworks; and making Qatari football more competitive and increasing participation in sports in Qatar, the region and globally.

The investments that the SC is making today will pay dividends for generations to come, in line with Qatar’s vision of a healthy and prosperous global future.

AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings. The company is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customised and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, had revenue of approximately US$19bn during the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2014.

Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. The company employs 12,300 experts and has a strong presence in the Nordics, North America, the UK, Continental Europe, Middle East and India, supplemented by a significant representation in Asia, Australia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. With almost 300 offices in 35 countries, Ramboll emphasise local experience combined with a global knowledge-base. The company constantly strives to achieve inspiring and exacting solutions that make a genuine difference to their customers, end-users and society as a whole. Ramboll works across the markets: Buildings, Transport, Environment, Water, Energy, Oil & Gas and Management Consulting.

Pattern is a London-based architectural practice focused on innovative rule-based parametric design. Mathematics and beauty are both key areas of research for the firm. Pattern is interested in projects that enhance user experience by addressing wellbeing and visual harmony, and is committed to creating designs that achieve a balance between technology and the natural world. The practiceʼs design methodology is based on rigorous research and analysis. This informs Patternʼs contextual approach, addressing local climate and culture. Much of the work has an urban regeneration and civic emphasis. This year, Pattern’s innovative 25,000-seat Hazza Bin Zayed Football Stadium in Al Ain, UAE, was voted “Stadium of The Year” which has led to further sports venue commissions for the practice. In 2013, Pattern was selected as the architects of the Al Rayyan Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Pattern is also working in education, residential and masterplanning sectors.

Gillespies is an acclaimed international landscape and urban design firm. From urban design and master planning, to public realm and landscape design, for major developments and communities; their experienced team offers a complete service. Since its inception 50 years ago, Gillespies has delivered inspired designs for a range of sectors. Completed projects are located in major UK cities, and the practice operates throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central and South-East Asia and Australia. Gillespies’ expertise has been recognised by numerous industry awards. The firm brings fresh ideas to each commission, to achieve and exceed their clients’ aspirations. Always mindful of retaining a ‘sense of place’ — they design in harmony with local social, economic and cultural environments — creating a positive legacy for the future. Quality standards are integral to the practice, as are principles of sustainability and regeneration.

 

Pattern’s Dipesh Patel will be a speaker at the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference & exhibition, where AECOM will also be present as a show sponsor. This must-attend event for those involved in sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology is taking place at the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30. To find out more, visit: www.saevents.uk.com

 

Transstroy reveal images of Eastern Europe’s largest stadium: a FIFA World Cup 2018 venue

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Transstroy has this week released official pictures of how the new stadium in St Petersburg will look.

 

The below images have been released as Transstroy begins the building of the venue’s exterior. When completed, the stadium will be one of the biggest in Eastern Europe. It will host a semi-final match during the 2018 FIFA World Cup and also be the new home of Zenit St Petersburg Football Club.

 

Stadium Facts:

  • When completed the stadium will be the only one in Eastern Europe with both a removable field and a retractable roof, enhancing the stadium’s flexibility
  • The stadium will seat 68,000 for football and 84,000 for cultural events
  • The stadium’s total area is over 280,000sqm
  • The exterior of the stadium will be made of modern materials in a silver-gray colour and provide opportunities for colorful dynamic lighting
  • The total area of ​the ​exterior trims/facades will be more than 120,000sqm
  • Transstroy has undertaken a selection and testing process to find the best solutions for the facades. This has included testing of the technical performance and aesthetic value of the materials. It was decided that a range of solutions, including panoramic stained-glass windows, front panels and metal plate with tamper-resistant coating, were best suited
  • The total area of ​​glazing of the new arena will be more than 28,000sqm and is being provided by world leader AGC, a Japanese company. AGC’s experience includes the glazing for Tele2 Arena (Sweden), Arena Pernambuco (Brazil), and Ghalamco Arena (Belgium)

The stadium renders:

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Background information on Transstroy

Transstroy holding company is a part of the construction business of Basic Element; one of Russia’s largest and most dynamic diversified industrial groups. The firm is among the five largest infrastructure construction companies in Russia and consists of over 30 subsidiaries, including three design institutes and has 6,000 employees. Transstroy focuses on the construction of railroads and highways, tunnels and bridges, sport facilities, airfield and airports, waterworks and industrial facilities. The company was created in 1991 on the basis of the Ministry of Transport Construction of USSR and has realised over 100 complex projects.

 

Background information on Basic Element

Basic Element (www.basel.ru) is one of Russia’s largest and most dynamic diversified industrial groups, with the companies controlled by or within the scope of the business interests of Oleg Deripaska, one of Russia’s major businessmen. Basic Element, through its affiliates, owns significant stakes in and operates a number of companies in many segments, including: Energy, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Construction, Aviation, Agriculture and others. Over 250,000 people work at more than 100 of the Group’s companies in Russia, CIS, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Many of them play key roles in their respective market segments in Russia and internationally, including En+ Group, GAZ Group, Transstroy, Basel Aero and others.