Belfast Telegraph

Mallusk firm plans to shed light on Olympics

By Claire Harrison

Olympians from across the world are set to train under specialist roofing supplied by a Northern Ireland-based company during the lead-up to London 2012.

Translucent GRP (glass reinforced plastic) roofing and cladding designed, produced and supplied by Mallusk-based Brett Martin’s Daylight Systems division will encircle the new football and rugby stadium at the £83m Leigh Sports Village in the north of England.

The village has been included in the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide which is currently being distributed to competing nations across the world.

Laurence Martin, managing director of Brett Martin, said: “Our rooflights can be found in many of the world’s major sports stadiums, including Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford and the Kensington Oval which hosted the final of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

“We are very pleased to be so closely involved in bringing the stadium at Leigh Sports Village into being as it will be an important community asset as well as being in the Pre-Games Training Camp Guide for the London Olympics.”

More than 4,000 sq m of Brett Martin’s Trilite Ultra 45 GRP sheeting will adorn the impressive stadium. The £16m,10,000-seater arena is currently being constructed by Hall Construction Services for the Greenbank Partnership. It will become home to Leigh Centurions Rugby League and Leigh Genesis soccer clubs.

The heavy-duty sheets were chosen to create a light and airy atmosphere while protecting spectators from the elements, as well as allowing natural daylight to reach the grass pitch.

The architect also selected the sheets for the vertical cladding to maximise natural light underneath the terraces and minimise the requirement for artificial light during the day, and, most importantly, for their cost effectiveness and quick availability.

Tom Ogilvy, managing director of Brett Martin Daylight Systems, said: “Our rooflights are extremely versatile and can be used to make significant architectural statements, especially in sports stadiums where the combination of lighting and material strength are significant factors in the design. We work closely with architects, consulting engineers and contractors, providing them with the benefit of our technical expertise as well as the finished product.”

Some 3,600 sq m of Brett Martin’s tinted profiled sheet was specified by Insight Technical Services for the canopies that extend the aluminium standing seam roof across the pitch. This is supplemented by 500 sq m of tinted profiled sheet underneath the terraces to complement the louvered external walls of the concourse.

The stadium will be built over 15 months, using steel frame and concrete terracing with masonry walls and insulated metal cladding, by Hall Construction on a greenfield site.

Belfast Telegraph