August 17, 2017
The newly built Russian stadium uses Low & Bonar’s Valmex® product for its roofing membrane.
London, 17 August 2017: When the World Cup starts in Russia in 2018, the Volgograd Arena will be equipped with material from performance materials provider, Low & Bonar.
In its latest stadium roof project, Low & Bonar has delivered the roof’s textile architecture membrane. Stretching over 80,000 sq metres, the highly-specialised materials in the stadium roof are made of a lighter fabric which makes transport and erection easier, faster and more cost-effective.
Built near the statue commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad, the new 45,000 seater arena for the ‘greatest show on earth’ combines complex design with extreme performance requirements. Low & Bonar worked in partnership with Russian engineering contractors Stroytransgaz and Kurganstalmost to deliver a hard-wearing architecture membrane which can withstand extreme weather conditions, incorporating a challenging design.
Brett Simpson, CEO commented: “Our technical expertise combined with our understanding of the Russian market enabled us to respond to the unique requirements of our customers involved in this project. Using our MEHGIES® Valmex® materials technology, our R&D team developed a bespoke solution to the dynamic visual design brief which was brought into production quickly and efficiently at our German manufacturing facility in Fulda.
“Once in place, the Valmex® membrane is long lasting due to the quality and durability of the product, saving on long-term maintenance and replacement costs and adding to the venue sustainability. Ultimately, our roofing membrane delivers a high-quality experience for stadium visitors and users, which will continue across all weathers in the coming decades.”
Low & Bonar is committed to expanding its stadium roofing business as part of its commercial strategy, with the Volgograd Arena the latest in a series of projects. These include Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena (Germany), the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (India), the Poznan Stadium (Poland) and the Konya Stadium (Turkey).
The stadium is estimated to cost Russia 16.3B roubles ($270m) and will become the home of Russian second division football league team Rotor-Volgograd after the World Cup.
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