Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Structural Designer


Client Name

Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life


Glasgow, United Kingdom

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The multi-purpose sports arena, a key venue for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, was built within a major regeneration area, acting as a stimulus to local sports participation and creating a legacy structure for the nation. The design and delivery of the roof structure, which supports the building envelope, achieves a controlled environment for the two arenas. Extensive 3D modelling was undertaken to develop the architectural, structural and building services design. The engineers developed a highly flexible steel truss solution comprising two 92m and two 87m span three-dimensional tied arch trusses. To make allowances for standard road transportation, practically every component of the roof structure was split into 15m lengths, allowing the secondary trusses to be brought to site in two parts with a simple bolted central site splice. The modularised solution was also used for the main 3D trusses, allowing the upper box truss to be built in simple sections.

Judge's comment:

The judges were impressed by the way the development of this elegant structure helped to shape its overall design. The roof structure in particular provided ample opportunity for the engineers to deliver an ambitious design. The end result is a sophisticated sports structure, which will benefit the local community and provide a lasting legacy for Scotland.

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