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14 June 2018

LafargeHolcim’s construction solutions for Russian football stadiums

First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
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Materials from LafargeHolcim have been used at Russia's FIFA World Cup stadiums
LafargeHolcim has contributed to the construction and reconstruction of key infrastructure projects in Russia including eight of the 12 stadiums that will be used for the FIFA World Cup.

The group’s cement plants in Shurovo, Ferzikovo and Volsk and aggregate quarries in Karelia Republic all provided construction materials for stadiums, including Moscow’s flagship Luzhniki Stadium, which will host seven matches including the opening game between Russia and Saudi Following a four-year renovation programme the stadium,, completed at the end of 2017, and a capacity expansion to 80,000, LafargeHolcim Russia provided specialised cement according to the project and technical requirements: high compressive strength and reduced hydration heat to avoid cracks and increase durability of construction.

The project called for an uninterrupted supply of cement, additional quality control and technical support in the composition of ready-mix concrete. The volume of cement supplied was more than 20 000tonnes for more than 60,000m³ of concrete works.

Most of the construction elements were produced from this concrete, including the foundation elements, plates with a thickness of 600mm, berms, stiffeners, columns, stands and jet piles.

LafargeHolcim also provided a wide range of cement and aggregates for infrastructure projects, including airports, roads, tunnels and bridges, built to support the world’s most viewed sports event.

“Large infrastructure projects built to tight deadlines for such events are always a major challenge,” says Marcel Cobuz, regional head Europe and member of the group executive committee.

“LafargeHolcim was able to meet these needs through our large network of cement plants and aggregate quarries across Russia that allowed a constant, high volume uninterrupted supply of highest quality cement to all construction projects.

“We are delighted and proud to be a preferred partner for such prestigious projects, in Russia and across Europe, capitalising on our global know-how.”

The main venues built using the group’s products are Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow; Kazan Arena, Kazan (the stadium will host six games); Ekaterinburg Arena (four group-stage matches); Nizhny Novgorod Arena (six matches); Volgograd Arena (four matches); Samara Arena (six matches), and the Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don (it will host four group-stage matches).

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