Country Antrim Company Raises The Roof On Olympic Park Stadium As Ireland Team Prepares To Face Italy This Weekend
Posted on October 01, 2015
As the Ireland team prepares for the final game in Pool B against Italy under the 44,000m² roof of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium, the local manufacturing company responsible for the manufacture and supply of the polycarbonate roof lights which form the 21,862m² transparent canopy of the refurbished roof, reveals the fruits of its 12 week build.
Redeveloped by main contractor Balfour Beatty on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation, the iconic London stadium features one of the largest spanning tensile roofs in the world and incorporates 87 tonnes of Marlon CS Longlife polycarbonate, manufactured by County Antrim based Brett Martin Ltd.
The redevelopment of the stadium, which will host five games during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, involved doubling the size of the original roof structure to cover all of the 54,000 spectator seating in the venue. Brett Martin's team, headed up by Technical Services Manager, Michael Johnston, worked alongside architects, Populous to develop a light weight design solution which would offer the necessary versatility to be configured to fit the complex concentric structure of the new stadium roof.
Making the architectural vision a reality, a total of 4,484 individual Marlon CS Longlife clear polycarbonate roof light sheets, manufactured in a specified stadia profile and cut to size within Brett Martin's County Antrim production facility, were supplied to construct the stadiums roof canopy.
“We are incredibly proud to have supplied a critical component in the construction of the roof canopy in the London Olympic Stadium Transformation Project. The project is a feat of production and delivery logistics and upon completion of the stadium, we have demonstrated our technical excellence and expertise in the delivery of specialist and large scale roof lighting projects,” commented William Martin, Production Manager at Brett Martin's Marlon CS plant.
“Working closely with the project architects and contractors, we were able to provide substantial technical assistance and guidance, helping the project teams find the best roofing solution for the redevelopment of the stadium. Marlon CS Longlife polycarbonate roof lights transmit over 90% of natural daylight to create an open air feel and a stunning backdrop for the live sporting events which the stadium will host.”
Revered for their strength to weight ratio, impact resistance, transparency and long term weatherability, the Marlon Polycarbonate roof light sheets were manufactured in the Newtownabbey plant before being palletised in the order of installation and shipped to the construction site across the 12 week period of installation.
Following the Rugby World Cup games throughout October, the stadium will close for one last time to allow completion of its final phase where the multipurpose site will be home to West Ham United Football Club as well as the new national center for athletics.
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Brett Martin Ltd
Brett Martin Ltd, one of Northern Ireland's Top 100 companies, is a privately owned Northern Ireland manufacturer established in 1958 and headquartered on a 36 acre production facility in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.
The company has two further production plants in Derbyshire and the West Midlands.
Probably best known locally as a manufacturer of plumbing and drainage systems, Brett Martin Ltd also manufactures specialist polycarbonate roof lighting and glazing materials for the construction sector. The facility in Newtownabbey is the largest single site polycarbonate extrusion plant of its kind in Europe.
Brett Martin polycarbonate roof lights have featured in the canopies of the world's leading sports stadia and arena (see list).
The facility in Newtownabbey is the largest single site polycarbonate extrusion plant of its kind in Europe.
Brett Martin employs a total of 797 people (400 locally in Newtownabbey), with a turnover of £136m (2014) and supplies products to over 70 countries worldwide, 50 percent of turnover is derived from export sales.
2015 Stadia Projects
Manchester City: Marlon CS polycarbonate supplied by Brett Martin for the canopy that crowns Manchester City's stadium redevelopment of the South Stand which takes Etihad capacity to 55,000. The 6,000 extra seats in the South Stand will contribute to the Etihad becoming the third largest ground in the Premier League, behind United and Arsenal recent roof ref
Bristol City Ashton Gate Stadium: 3,500 m² of Marlon CS polycarbonate roof lights for the redevelopment of Ashton Gate Stadium. The 27,000 seat stadium will be host to both Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby Club, due for completion later this year.
Anfield: 4,000 m² Marlon CS scheduled for supply in November as part of the stadium redevelopment to have its capacity extended by an extra 13,000 seats. The development is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
Windsor Park: Marlon Clickfix1040 polycarbonate cladding for the Windsor Park redevelopment (details tbc – awaiting order)
Historical Stadia and Arena
AESSEAL New York Stadium
Etihad Manchester City Stadium
American Express Community Stadium
Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Galway Race Course
LOST Project Information
o Main Contractor: Balfour Beattie www.balfourbeatty.com
o Architect: Populous
o Sub Contractor: Lakesmere Ltd www.lakesmere.com
o Manufacturer/Supplier: Brett Martin Ltd
Located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the iconic London Olympic Stadium is being redeveloped by main contractor Balfour Beatty for client London Legacy Development Corporation.
The Stadium is due to open in October 2015 to host the Rugby World Cup, before closing for one last time for the final phase of its transformation.
When complete, the stadium will be home to West Ham United Football Club as well as the new national centre for athletics.
The project features a 44,000m² roof, which at a depth of 84mis the longest cantilevered roof of its type in the world.
The new roof is twice the size of the original and covers every seat in the Stadium, improving acoustics and the spectator experience for football matches, other sporting events and concerts. The original roof covered only 40% of spectators.
- Newtownabbey based Brett Martin has supplied polycarbonate roof lights for the construction of the transparent canopy of the newly refurbished Olympic Park Stadium ahead of 2015 Rugby World Cup
- Purpose built 44,000m² roof designed to improve spectator's experience
- Longest cantilevered roof in the world