Stades de Bienne, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Stades de Bienne
On one of the largest building sites in Switzerland, the country's first ever multifunctional sport arena has been constructed in Biel, bringing together ice hockey/ice skating, curling and football under one roof. The surrounding area is home to a wide range of shopping, entertainment and leisure options.
This trendsetting building provides local ice hockey and football clubs, EHC Biel and FC Biel, plus the Biel skating club and curlers with a highly modernised home equipped with brand-new facilities. In addition, it also serves as a large arena for sport, culture, events, conferences, trade fairs, catering, specialist markets and entertainment. For more information, visit www.stades-de-bienne.com.
Uponor AG Schweiz has supplied thermoactive building component systems (TABS) for this project. The TABS system provides concrete core thermal regulation with a capacity for storage, and is primarily used in commercial buildings. This modern and high-quality system uses the storage capacity of concrete slabs to provide effective heating and cooling. The system is highly regarded by users and only incurs minimal investment and operating costs, while providing optimal use of regenerative energy sources. The components in this system are largely maintenance-free and offer complete freedom for flexible room design. For more info, visit www.uponor.ch/tabs.
Žalgirio Arena has been given a BREEAM In-Use certificate – the first for an existing sports venue in the world.
The venue of the 75th IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship, which were held in spring 2011, utilised Uponor’s solution for tap water installation.
Once completed, the sports centre will boast a significantly enlarged gymnasium, a studio, 9 changing facilities, a reception/café area and new staff offi ces. The swimming
pool will also be redecorated and receive much needed maintenance.