Football stadium in Falkenberg will be Martinsons' biggest one so far in wood
The new football stadium in the Southern Swedish town of Falkenberg will have room for a total of 5,500 spectators and consist of around 1,000 m3 glulam and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). The stadium, which is being built in accordance with UEFA's requirements, will be the biggest football stadium that Swedish wood processing company Martinsons has ever designed, delivered and assembled. It is hoped that this will increase interest in building really large stadia using wood.
"A stadium like this in Sweden's top football league will have lots of coverage in the media and among the country's clubs and fans. More and more people are starting to appreciate the benefits of building even bigger stands in wood, and we feel that this project can encourage even more to take that step," says Joakim Gustafsson, Sales Engineer at Martinsons.
The fast delivery and assembly time, the light shell, the excellent acoustics and the spectator environment, as well as the environmental benefits of glulam, have resulted in an increased interest in wooden stands in recent years. Another factor in favour of glulam is that it has extremely good fire safety properties, which means that it comfortably complies with current fire safety requirements. A combination of factors that make glulam a clear alternative for both big and small clubs.
"As for Falkenberg, they'd been inspired by the stand we built in Åtvidaberg, also in Southern Sweden, and knew that they wanted something similar. This meant that we could be involved at an early stage together with the architects, who incidentally are the ones who designed Åtvidaberg. That feels really great," says Joakim Gustafsson.
The football stadium in Falkenberg will be the home venue for both Falkenberg FF in the Allsvenskan, Sweden's premier league, and the ladies' team IF Böljan, which is aiming to reach the top level. The main stand has 2,300 seats and also houses the changing rooms, restaurant, administration and press room. The B stand is divided into three sections, with 800 seats in the centre and standing areas for 2,400 on the sides. There are future plans for stands at both ends of the ground. The steps and risers will be made of glulam, as well as the roof beams, shells, tiers, glulam panels and grid walls.
"We're responsible for the whole shell contract works including bearing decks, and our assembly staff will be on site from September. If all goes to plan, the stadium will be fully completed by the middle of next season," says Joakim Gustafsson.
Joakim Gustafsson, Sales Engineer
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Martinsons is one of Sweden’s largest family-owned timber processing industries with strong roots in Västerbotten. The company processes timber from the forests of Sweden’s northern region into high quality timber products, innovative components and ready-made functional solutions that provide added value and contribute to the increased use of timber. The business safeguards the value of the forests through long-term responsible forest management and the efficient processing of its own sawmills at Bygdsiljum, Kroksjön and Hällnäs. Bygdsiljum today has one of the most modern sawing lines in Europe.
The company is characterised by a strong corporate spirit and a culture of innovation. Apart from extensive production of sawn timber goods, Martinsons is Sweden’s largest manufacturer of glulam, and the Nordic leader within products and solid timber construction systems for buildings and bridges. Customers come from throughout Sweden and many parts of Europe and Asia. Today, the Group employs around 450 people, has a turnover of 170 million € and is acknowledged, year after year, as one of Sweden’s most expansive sawmilling companies. Its head office is located in Bygdsiljum.
Martinsons Burträskvägen 53, 937 33 Bygdsiljum, Sweden, martinsons.se