Low & Bonar supplies 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium roof


When the FIFA World Cup starts in Russia in 2018, the Volgograd Arena will be equipped with material from Low & Bonar.

In its latest stadium roof project, Low & Bonar has delivered the roof’s textile architecture membrane. Stretching over more than 861,000ft², the highly-specialized 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-seat arena 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.

“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,” said Low & Bonar CEO Brett Simpson.

“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 US$270m and will become the home of Russian second division soccer team Rotor-Volgograd after the World Cup.

August 23, 2017

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