The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome have just been completed, creating a new world class sporting landmark for Scotland. Curtain walling from Wicona was specified for this fantastic venue, which will be the showpiece for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Designed by architects 3DReid and built by Sir Robert McAlpine for Glasgow City Council, this £116m development is one of the largest indoor sports facilities in Europe and Scotland’s first indoor velodrome.
The complex is one of the most versatile, flexible and innovative structures of its type in Europe. It houses two stadia – a 5,000-seat indoor arena and a 2,000-seat velodrome for key 2014 events such as cycling and badminton. Between the twin halls is a connecting circulation space, the ‘hub’, which accommodates ancillary facilities and the headquarters of the national sport federation.
The WICTEC 50 curtain walling solution was specified by 3DReid to accommodate large unsupported spans of glass of up to 4m long. Special connections for the transoms and mullions were engineered to take the heavier loads for the spans. The system also offered slim sections and consistent profile sizes across the project.
Fabricated and installed by Dane Architectural Systems in a £1m façade contract, the curtain walling was faceted for the velodrome to follow the curve of this striking building and was used with curved bull nose caps to add interest to the façade by accentuating the horizontal profiles.
The system spans four storeys on the hub that links the two venues, and 77m long screens of grid curtain walling were constructed to enclose the arena. Other areas of glazing include the atria roof and the level 2 entrance.
Commenting on the specification of Wicona curtain walling for this high profile project, Rolf Basler, architect for the building envelope at 3DReid said “The Wictec system could accommodate all the technical complexities of this project in terms of spans, loads and uniformity of appearance for the grid and faceted elements.”
He added, “The system was well fabricated and the project was supported by valuable technical input from the Wicona team.”