Stadia and long span structures conference (online)
Date & Time

27 April 2021 - 29 April 2021
14:00 - 16:30 BST

Members: £155.00 + VAT (£175 + VAT regular price)
Standard: £245.00 + VAT (£275 + VAT regular price)
Students: £45.00 + VAT
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Stadia and long span structures conference (online)

Date & Time

27 April 2021 - 29 April 2021
14:00 - 16:30 BST

Members: £155.00 + VAT (£175 + VAT regular price)
Standard: £245.00 + VAT (£275 + VAT regular price)
Students: £45.00 + VAT

Early booking discount Available until 16 April

Learn about innovations in long span design and construction and how these can be applied to projects of any scale.

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Structural engineers are continually pushing boundaries to innovate long span structures. As roofs become lighter and spans become longer, engineers must further understand the dynamics involved to achieve the desired outcomes. Attendee experience is playing a crucial role in these advances, meaning engineers must design beyond the structure to ensure it is inclusive for all.

The online conference, spread across three consecutive afternoons, will cover aspects of innovative design, temporary structures, and sustainable future design. Using examples of major international tournaments and award-winning projects, speakers and panels will provide insight into the holistic approach of design and construction.

Learning outcomes

  • Discover the latest advances in long span structure design
  • Hear case studies from major international tournaments
  • Discuss how current codes and standards impact cutting-edge design
  • Get guidance on the procurement, design and use of temporary and demountable and stadia and venues
  • Learn how to improve construction productivity and efficiency
  • Find out about advances in sustainability and repurposing in response to the climate emergency
  • Understand how the lessons learnt from these complex structures can be applied to projects of any scale

Intended for

The conference is designed for engineers of all levels. The examples from stadia and large scale projects will show how you can apply the same design principles to any project.

Concerned about your time zone?

All conference content is recorded and made available to delegates on-demand.



Arup is an independent firm of engineers, designers, planners, consultants and technical specialists bringing creativity and technical excellence to everything they do. They take pride in work that makes complex structures possible.

schlaich bergermann partner

Since our founding in 1980, the design and construction of innovative structures has been the focus of our work. Our projects include long span lightweight roofs, many different types of bridges, slender towers, innovative buildings, moveable structures, and pioneering solar power plants.


We believe that for societies to thrive, we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. That means creating innovative solutions to the challenges the future will bring. It inspires us to stay curious, act locally, and think internationally.

J&D Pierce Contracts Ltd

We specialise in the design, fabrication, painting and site erection of structural steelwork, working with some of the largest construction projects in the UK for over 40 years.

Featured speakers

Bianca Binder

Associate Principal, Populous
Bianca has earned a reputation at Populous for getting stadiums built. She joined Populous in 2014 and initially was part of the on-site team working on the post-Games transformation of the London Olympic Stadium, providing a vital link between the design and engineering teams and the contractor. Following its completion, she was responsible for supervising the construction of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Bianca currently serves as Delivery Lead on Populous' Co-op Live arena project.

Angus Cormie

Chief Engineer, J&D Pierce
Angus is Chief Engineer at J&D Pierce Steel Fabricators and a Chartered Structural Engineer who has spent most of his professional life in contracting. He has designed many stadiums and helped develop innovative solutions for the build process. Angus regularly presents papers on design and construction related topics. 

Knut Göppert

Partner, schlaich bergermann partner
Knut joined sbp in 1989 and has been a partner since 1998. He has been responsible for numerous realised stadium projects so far, including stadiums for the Football World Cups and Olympic Games. During his career he received a large number of significant awards and prizes and established himself in the field with various publications and lectures about lightweight structures, building with membranes and retractable roofs.

Jon Leach FIStructE

Director, AECOM
Jon leads AECOM’s Structural Engineering Technical Practice Group in the UK and Europe. He is also AECOM’s Sport and Entertainment sector lead, and his London-based team specialises in stadia and long span roof design. Recent key projects include Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2 and Third Runway Concourse, the Curragh Racecourse, and major venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mark Sheldon

Technical Director, Aurecon Australasia
Mark has spent much of the last 25 years designing stadia throughout Asia and Australasia. His award-winning projects include the home of cricket in Australia (the 100,000 seat MCG), the 5 largest operable roofs in Australia, and Wembley Stadium’s operable roof. He lists a career highlight as watching Marvel Stadium’s roof panel sections 168m long x 26m wide being fabricated on the ground then hoisted and rolled into position.

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