Veldeman develops air-cushion roof for Madonna’s MDNA Tour 2012
In collaboration with our Dutch partner Buitink Technology, we manufactured the roof system for the four concert stages for Madonna’s MDNA Tour in 2012. The client was Stageco Belgium NV, which enjoys a cast-iron reputation in stage construction.
Four roofs were supplied for the 4 concert stages, with a total surface of 4,400m². A concert stage roof has a surface area of approximately 1,100m² and is made up of 11 cushions, of which 5 cushions have a dimension of as much as 7m x 25m. The cushions are inflated to the required pressure with a blower system that is connected to the cushions with quick-action couplings.
The entire project, from design to delivery was completed in just 3 months, thanks to the close cooperation between all the parties concerned.
Inflatable cushions were chosen for a variety of reasons. One reason was the relative ease and speed with which the cushions could be installed and inserted into keder profiles. In addition, one of the requirements was that the roof itself should not be too conspicuous and should therefore protrude only to the minimum extent above the roof edge. This, combined with the efficient, controlled drainage of rainwater and stability, together led to the choice of inflatable cushions.
Veldeman Structure Solutions works closely with Buitink Technology in the field of (semi-) permanent light-weight fabric and membrane structures. Many (large) projects from the design stage to the execution and installation stages could be executed through collaborations in which the partners complemented and supplemented each others' skills. For more information, please visit www.zeilstructuren.com
Veldeman develops and builds covering for the first Padel club in the Benelux
Veldeman designed a new type of covering for Padel 4U2 in Gent. It consists of 3 structures measuring 10 m by 20 m and 6 m in height that cover 3 Padel courts. With this covering Veldeman provides Padel 4U2 members with the opportunity to continue playing throughout the year.
Padel is a racket sport originating in South America that unites the games of tennis and squash. It is a batting game played in singles or doubles on a rectangular court surrounded by U-shaped glass panes or concrete walls. The ball stays in play after hitting the walls thus enabling longer rallies and greater playing pleasure. The sport is very popular in Spain and South America, where it is the second most practised sport after football. Padel is also gaining in popularity outside these countries.
Padel 4U2 is the first fully-fledged Padel club in the Benelux. The sport complex, with 2 single and 4 double courts, was opened in the summer of 2012.
Veldeman builds indoor football hall for top Belgian team
KRC Genk football team plays in Belgium’s first division. The team have been national champions three times, won the Belgian cup three times and they will participate in the Europa League in the 2012-2013 season. This year they even played in the Champions League with a creditable draw against the final winner.
It is only normal that such a top class team should be able to train in all weather conditions. Up until now bad weather meant the team always had to head for an arena, where they were reduced to playing on sand in somewhat uncomfortable conditions. This is why KRC Genk went on the lookout for an alternative. Their search led them to Veldeman Structure Solutions.
Veldeman presented a proposal for an indoor football hall, in the first instance both for hire and for purchase. Following an extensive study the club decided to purchase a hall at the end of 2011. A steel structure was decided upon (SFS, Steel Fabric Structure) of 40m by 70 m with a side height of as much as 8.40 m.
Following approval of the building application, in February 2012 the foundation work began. The hall has been completed and ready for use since the end of May.
It has translucent roof fabrics which let in natural, uniform light, thus bringing down lighting costs and leading to major energy savings. Playing comfort is also improved. Fabrics in the blue of KRC Genk have been used for the side walls and gables, and the club’s logo, covering a surface area of 16 m², is clearly visible on both gables. The side walls can be readily removed thus creating a semi open atmosphere in summer whilst protecting against glare, rain and overheating. There is boarding for additional variations on the game. Along the length of the hall (70 m) this is 3m high, along its width (40m) 2m high.
The main advantage of this indoor football hall is that it can be used throughout the year. Rain, snow and frost are no longer a problem, and high temperatures need no longer stop play either, thus ensuring the profitability of the investment.
Crown Prince Filip opens Veldeman Structure Solutions’ South American Sales Office
Veldeman Structure Solutions opened a sales office in Santiago in the presence of Crown Prince Filip, during his economic mission to Chile. In doing so, the company wishes to develop its business activities in the South American market.
Chile is the most stable market in South America and has an open attitude to trade. Other advantages include its strong economic policy, transparent legislation and good basic infrastructure. Various fast-growing sectors, such as the mining industry and the events sector offer a great deal of potential for Veldeman.
Veldeman earns the Environment and Sustainable Business Charter
Veldeman is among the first to receive the “Environment and Sustainable Business Charter”, an initiative of the Flanders Enterprise Network Voka, and the Province of Limburg. We received the Charter on Tuesday, 25 October.
With the receipt of the charter, we want to show that our company is concerned about the environment. We want to go beyond what the law requires. By using the available resources, materials, and energy sources sensibly, we want to reduce our ecological footprint. Securing the environment is not only important for Veldeman’s stakeholders, after all, but for everyone.
Some of the concrete actions that we have done:
- installation of solar panels on the roof, with a total power of 200 kWp;
- installation of an energy-efficient natural gas heating installation with recirculation of hot air in the production;
- installation of a new roof with good insulation values;
- installation of energy-efficient lighting;
- extra attention for fire safety and smoke extraction in the welding department;
- full recycling of our canvas via the Texyloop programme of our supplier Ferrari.
Veldeman builds unique tennis hall in the Netherlands
This summer, Veldeman built the largest tennis hall in the Netherlands for Tennis club Capelle aan den IJssel in Sportpark De Schenkel. The polygon hall houses 6 tennis courts in an area of 40 m x 116 m.
“This is a profitable investment for the club,” explains Stef De Coninck, Business Manager Sport & Leisure. “The side walls can be removed in the summer, so the hall can be used throughout the year. With translucent roof fabric, lighting costs can be kept down. Floor-heating has been installed to save even more on energy costs.
A unique aspect of this project is the terracotta colour of the gables and trim of the roof canvas. That ensures that the hall matches the look of the gravel outdoor courts.
The hall is big enough to house international competitions.
Photo: Stef De Coninck of Veldeman (left), together with the co-chairs of the tennis club.
Veldeman Structure Solutions goes green
Sustainable enterprising is an absolute priority for Veldeman Structure Solutions. In the past, many efforts were made in this field. By paying attention to environmental, social and economic aspects, Veldeman Structure Solutions aims to guarantee it's growth, cost-effectiveness and continuity and, at the same time, to minimize it's ecological footprint.
Recently Veldeman Structure Solutions signed the Charter Environment and Sustainable Enterprising Limburg. By doing this, the company made the commitment to take concrete actions concerning sustainability. Some examples: the installation of photovoltaic panels, a low energy heating installation and efficient lighting, the minimisation and recycling of waste, extra attention for fire safety and ventilation in the metal department, ...