Among the non-residential building projects undertaken by FCC Construcción, sports facilities deserve special mention because they are so unique and the high degree of specialisation they require. In this area, the company has built more than 15 large-scale venues around the world that have hosted major sporting events including football, tennis, motorcycling and athletics.
Large-scale, avant-garde, sustainable and functional sports infrastructures are great feats of architecture and engineering. FCC Construcción has devoted its technical expertise to overcoming significant challenges across a wide range of sporting venues. It has guaranteed success, becoming a global reference in the sector through the application of innovative solutions.
FCC has been present in some of the most important football championships, building the spectacularly-designed Allianz Arena stadium in Munich for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
The company also played a key role in Euro 2008 held in Austria & Switzerland, where FCC’s involvement included building or refurbishment projects of multi-purpose arenas in Salzburg, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt. Four years later, in Poland 2012, the company built three venues that have since become landmarks in the country: the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland’s largest; the PGA Arena in Gdansk; and the Poznan Municipal Stadium, where all the seating is under cover and the stands have a unique ‘U’ design.
FCC built the stadiums for the 2006 World Cup finals and for Euro 2008 and 2012
n Spain, FCC built the Real Madrid City, with a total surface area covering 1,200,000 square metres. It also refurbished the stands of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, built the new Condomina Stadium in Murcia, and RCD Espanyol’s stadium, which won the World’s Best Sports Facility of the Year in the 2010 Business Stadium Awards.
For the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the company built the International Broadcasting Centre
Sporting facilities developed by FCC encourage the playing and broadcasting of sport across the world. For the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the company built the International Broadcasting Centre. This spectacular nerve-centre, which welcomed more than 20,000 accredited journalists every day, enabled the Games to reach a potential audience of over four billion people.
Another unique facility is the so-called ‘Caja Mágica’ or ‘Magic Box’, the most innovative tennis complex in the world. It has a surface area of 113,500 sq. m. and a capacity of over 18,000 people. The unique roof comprises a fixed superstructure and three mobile decks that enable both indoor and outdoor tournaments to be held. This arena was part of Madrid’s bid to host the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
A new Peineta
At present, FCC is working on the construction of La Peineta Stadium, which will be home to the Atletico Madrid team from the 2017/2018 season onwards. It will have a capacity for over 67,000 fans, in stands, boxes and VIP areas. The total surface area will cover 145,721 sq. m. and it will have a new, modern steel structure weighing about 6,336 tons. This will be tensioned with radial cables (measuring a total length of 16,590 metres) and joined by a membrane fabric covering an area of 83,053 square metres. This new stadium will have all the necessary features required to host the biggest football games.
Full speed ahead
FCC’s portfolio of sports facilities includes the Jerez Racing Circuit, renovated to adapt it to new international standards required by the Automobile and Motorcycling Federations.
Other successfully completed projects include the renovation following a fire of the Madrid Regional Palace of Sports, the Trujillo sports complex in Peru, and the complementary infrastructure for the 2013 Bolivarian Games – an international sporting event between the Bolivarian Nations (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela) held every four years.
FCC Construcción has proven itself to be in optimal condition and will continue to work as the spearhead of future infrastructure projects to take sport and public venues to unprecedented heights.
Hilario Jesus Gomez, Head of FCC Construcción Central Spain’s Technical Building Services and Civil Works Department
What differentiating value does FCC Construcción bring to its construction of sports facilities?
Unquestionably, its people. The expertise built up over the last few decades in the delivery of major projects in all sectors gives us great potential with which to undertake such projects both now and in the future. Within that human capital, special mention should be made of the team, led by Fernando Bernaldo de Quiros, that implements the work and draws on the vast know-how accumulated through previous large-scale projects, such as Telefonica’s ‘City of Communications’. Another highlight is the support given by our Technical Services division, with their extensive experience in unique buildings, sports stadiums and iconic buildings across the Madrid skyline, such as the Cepsa Tower and Terminal 4 at the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas.
The expertise built up over the last few decades in the delivery of major projects in all sectors gives us great potential with which to undertake such projects both now and in the future
What was FCC’s greatest achievement to date?
It is very difficult to single out one main achievement in a company that has spent over 100 years participating in the great landmarks of Spanish engineering, both within our national borders and abroad. On top of those mentioned above, we could add a number of singular infrastructures and buildings or the numerous challenges successfully built for the Barcelona Olympics and the Universal Exhibitions in Seville and Zaragoza.
What has been the company’s contribution in terms of innovation and sustainability?
Sustainability forms part of both FCC Construcción and the Group’s business policy.
Sustainability forms part of both FCC Construcción and the Group’s business policy
The use of innovation is enhanced with each project and each operation. Similarly, R&D+I projects are present in all the work we carry out. For example, in the La Peineta stadium, a total of seven research, development and innovation projects are being implemented, and it is highly likely that new ones will appear before the project is concluded, which demonstrates the company’s concern with maintaining its technological leadership. Such projects include: a field study to optimise the design of the Stadium’s deep foundations; a comparative study on the results of pile integrity testing; the development of wall-to-land anchors by means of selective repetitive injection into soils with self-consolidating materials; the design, feed dosage, manufacture and application of self-compacting concrete for the stands; and finally, the roofing assembly formed by the outer compression ring, the inner tensioning ring, the radial cables and the membrane that forms the tensile structure surface.
Talking about La Peineta Stadium, what jobs are currently underway? What are the challenges to be met when expanding a ready-built stadium?
Any building work that takes place on an existing structure poses some serious challenges. You have to rely on older parts to support the new bits. This requires a detailed study of its features and assumes that old and new must now be coordinated to avoid significant technical and design differences.
We are at a very significant moment in the construction process: starting the assembly of the roofing. In July, the first section of metal structure that forms the compression ring was hoisted. This will be the main milestone in the project over the coming months once the concrete structure that forms the main body of the stadium and the roof support has been completed. After the compression ring is in place, the tensioning ring and the radial cables will be installed, followed finally by the textile membrane that comprises the actual roof.