ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, has announced that it will be supplying steel for the Noveau Stade de Bordeaux, home of the Girondins de Bordeaux football club. The stadium will seat 42,000 people when completed in April 2015.
The steel will come from ArcelorMittal's production sites in France, Luxembourg, and Spain and will consist of 4.2kt of steel beams of S275 and S355J0 grades (from Luxembourg) and 500 tonnes of tubes from Spain. The company is also supplying 70,000 m² of steel for the interior trim, including a giant perforated canopy using ArcelorMittal’s branded Frequence roofing profile produced in France. The canopy will protect the crowd against the elements and serve as a sound insulator. The company will also supply 20,000 m² of Cofraplus open-rib composite floor decks produced in France.
According to ArcelorMittal, some 12kt of steel will be used for the stadium's frame and this is said to be twice the amount of steel used to build to Eiffel Tower in Paris. The steel will be used for the structure of the north and south stands, the framework of the upper tier, the roof structure and most of the cladding, including the underside of the upper terraces and all the roof supports and covers. The venue includes 644 round steel columns (up to 37 metres tall) that mimic trees in a forest.
In more conventional structures, concrete has been the material of choice, but using steel significantly reduces the weight
Hervé Bourrier, CEO of ArcelorMittal France, who paid a recent visit to the construction site, said that ArcelorMittal is a major player in the construction sector and has a wide range of products and solutions for both the structure and frame of major buildings like the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. He said the company offered 'many innovations' to satsify the needs on an increasingly demanding construction sector in terms of technical and aesthetic requirements.
The new stadium is one of 10 venues hosting the UEFA EURO 2016 championships in France. It is located between a man-made lake and the Garonne river in northern Bordeaux and will replace Stade Chaban-Delmas, which was a World Cup venue in 1938 and 1998.
The stadium was designed by the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron.