The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow

The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow is the only completely new sports facility for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Zoontjens was responsible for the detailed design, supply and implementation of the main entrance concourse and the prominent stairways for this major venue.

Designed by architects 3DReid, the new complex essentially comprises two parts, divided by a central hub which is served by the new concourse. Visitors are greeted by an impressive pair of staircases rising up from the hard-landscaped forecourt to the podium level concourse, either side of the lower entrance to the hub. The main south terrace provides a generous, open area serving the upper entrance to the hub, between the Arena and Velodrome. The much smaller north terrace also serves the hub at this level, linked to the south terrace by a level podium deck to the west.

Both terraces are paved with Zoontjens Pardak®60 paving system. Use of the Pardak system enabled an attractive rooftop area, suitable for service vehicles and emergency access as well as extensive pedestrian traffic, to be constructed with lower whole-life costs and protection of the underlying roof construction.

In addition to the podium paving, Zoontjens was also responsible for realising the architect’s vision for the two main stairways. Here, specially designed, bespoke step units were manufactured for the concrete stairs, using the same high-quality ‘Marble White’ finish to match the Pardak paving slabs.


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