From a match to a concert within an hour
Partille, near Gothenburg, is growing fast. Here, we are building Sweden’s first multifunctional arena, a flexible facility that can be quickly rearranged to house a handball match during the day and host a music concert in the evening. With seating for 4,000 spectators, Partille Arena will be a medium-sized facility, and a significant complement to the giant Scandinavium and Ullevi arenas.
The arena will be the home ground for the successful handball club, IK Sävehov, but the municipality has made it clear that the facility is for everyone. To symbolize this, 500 six-year-olds turned the first sod in December 2013. The facility will be used for school sports, sports associations and concerts. This will also be a site for restaurants, bowling, gymnastics, workshops for operating personnel, conference premises and offices.
Partille Arena lies in the heart of Partille Port, the new city section emerging in the center of the municipality. We are building a new rendezvous point for the Partille population on an old industrial site, a continually pulsating center in Partille.
The project entails a number of tricky challenges for which we have favorable solutions. The transport of hazardous goods is conducted on the nearby Europa 20 highway (E20), which means that we must dimension the building to deal with explosions. We are building a curved wall towards the E20, which is partly constructed on site. The roof has a double covering nearest the highway.
The arena must also be able to withstand vibrations from “bouncy” spectators on the field. We conducted a dynamic analysis, leading us to select point-bearing concrete piles down to the foundation.
Various activities will be held simultaneously without them disturbing each other. Moreover, it must be possible to adjust a hall during a day to suit sporting and musical events of the same magnitude. This imposes demands on the design of the building.
Cooperative spirit is very special for the project: all the players involved feel proud in being involved in creating this arena. The municipality, the property company, sub-contractors and Skanska are working closely together to gain optimal solutions. Many competencies within Skanska are involved, since it is a major project imposing unique requirements.
The arena will be completed in June 2016, and the first event is planned to be held a few months later.