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Emirates Arena

Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Over 2,700m2 of Multivault GRP rooflights were installed on the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Parkhead, Glasgow - known for sponsorship reasons as the Emirates Arena.

Designed for wide-span metal roof buildings, Multivault GRP rooflights are versatile barrel vaults offering various options to suit every specification and budget. For this project the barrel vaults consisted of a GRP liner sheet, a Cleartherm2 intermediary layer and a GRP barrel vault outer skin, ensuring the light transmission and thermal insulation values were achieved for the project. 

Multivault GRP has always proved a popular choice for sporting facilities since GRP allows a naturally diffused daylight to enter buildings giving a more even spread of daylight, eliminating the risk of solar glare and hot spots and ultimately reducing the risk of sporting activities being disrupted.

Commissioned by Glasgow City Council and opened in October 2012 the Emirates Arena will act as a host venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The 5,000-seater National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) will host the badminton, track and field events.

Named after Olympic and Commonwealth gold-medal winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, the spectacular 2,000-seat velodrome with its 250m high-banked cycle track, will host the cycling events. Despite the Multivault GRP rooflights being located above two kilometres of gantries and several kilometres of ventilation ductwork as well as lighting, PA, fire systems and radiant heating panels, the rooflights certainly create a light and bright environment.

Main Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine

Roofing Contractor: Graingers 

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