ULMA takes part on the newly-opened Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid

The transformation of the old stadium La Peineta designed for 20,000 spectators into state-of-the-art facilities for 68,000 is a great technical and logistical challenge. The challenge was overcome thanks to careful planning and efficient material rotation.

The Madrid City Stadium was first inaugurated in 1994. It was originally built with a single oval grandstand capable of seating 20,000 spectators. The stadium was redesigned into an elliptical shape with axes of 300 m and 255 m respectively, and is now capable of holding 68,000 fans. The roof stands 50 m above the pitch and covers more than 46.000 m2.

The stadium, property of Club Atlético de Madrid, was designed to include an auditorium, VIP boxes, and a variety of recreational areas, making it into a multi-purpose sports arena with specific spaces for the supporters.

To expand the stadium, a series of radial arcades were built at various heights reaching up to 15.9 m, on top of which prefabricated concrete structures were placed in order to form the grandstands. This part of the complex was constructed using ENKOFORM formwork braced by lightweight shoring structures.

Under the arcades, post-tensioned reinforced concrete slabs were built to create the various stadium floors both above and below ground. These structures were also built with ENKOFORM formwork, but shored with EP props. For this stage we worked closely with the client to make a detailed structural analysis in which we determined that this system would provide the best possible solution for the construction requirements.

The building envelope is made of curved perimeter walls that surround the structure, built using custom-made metal panels set on ENKOFORM Formwork platforms, appropriately shored for each of the various pours.

This type of construction requires a detailed study to be made of the project. We provided extensive technical and logistical support, remaining in constant contact with the client to plan each of the constructive phases. There was extremely high material turnover for the project, and we were prepared with all required supplies even for unforeseen circumstances that arose at the last minute.