Marseille: Velodrome revamp nearing completion

source: StadiumDB.com

Marseille: Velodrome revamp nearing completion The precast concrete structure is ready. Now last phases of the roof works begin as steel girders are to be installed atop the new Tribune Jean Bouin.

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One of France's largest construction projects is nearing completion. Recent weeks saw great progress. On January 27 construction teams of subcontractor GFC mounted the very last concrete prefab atop Tribune Jean Bouin, marking the end of concrete construction. This symbolic moment can be seen on the below photo:

Stade Velodrome

Worth noting, the nearly 19,000-capacity new main grandstand has been built in just 8 months, seeing groundbreaking in June 2013. Not it's already at peak height of over 50 meters with the effort of 300 people working around the clock with only one free day a week. Difference between the old and new west stand can be clearly seen on the cross-section below.

Stade Velodrome

Stade VelodromeWithin two weeks of the concrete works being done, the crews managed to also finish the steel frame that will soon give support to new roof. Long girders assembled near the stadium will now be installed to cover the stand. Inside of the stadium temporary support pillars are set to take the weight until the roof structure is all ready and becomes self-supporting.

With work on the cover going well, the investor revealed information about future water collection system. Stade Velodrome will have four basins able to take 17,000 sqm of rainwater for use inside the stadium. Primary use will be the pitch sprinklers, but sanitary facilities will also benfit from the recovered rainwater.

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