Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow

Type of works: design, manufacture and installation of a J & J Carter tensile fabric structure used as a cover for spectators.

The £18 million refurbishment of Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow, officially opened by Princess Anne in 2010, has created a first-class sporting venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In the interim, the facility will be used as the training base for the Glasgow Warriors rugby team, various sporting events and athlete training, and a training centre for 2012 Olympics competitors. The redevelopment included the construction of new grandstands, indoor athletics training facilities and fitness suite, refurbishment of the athletics track, and extension to the café and reception areas.

Leading fabric architectural company J & J Carter were commissioned to supply cover for the 1,432 square metre North Stand of the Scotstoun Stadium Athletics and Rugby Ground. As the stand can accommodate approximately 1,200 spectators the cover needed to be both adequate in size and performance, as well as meet the aesthetic standard consistent with a state-of-the-art sporting facility. The specification for the structure also included the efficient management of rainwater.

J & J Carter designed, manufactured and installed a multi-bay conic style stadium structure that enhances the ground aesthetically and meets all performance requirements. The roof structure is cantilevered off columns located to the rear of the stand with a Type IV PVDF Lacquered PVC Coated Polyester tensile membrane cover.

The rainwater is managed via a diverter on the top side of the membrane which follows specially designed contours that ensure accurate rainwater run off to specific downpipes.

“Scotstoun has a proud name in Scottish athletics, but the improvements that have been made make this facility fit for the international athletes who will train and compete here in 2014. I was looking forward to seeing the new facilities, but they are really better than anything I could imagine. Scotstoun is now the Rolls-Royce of training facilities”. Jim Murphy, Scottish Secretary

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