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Aluminium profiles help create footballing heaven

Aluminium profiles help create footballing heaven

When Star Events looked to create the structure for the one-of-a-kind Hyundai FanDome, home to the innovative Football Heaven screening event during Euro 2016 at Kings Cross, London, it turned to Sapa Profiles for a structural solution based on aluminium extrusions. 

The FanDome screened every game of the football championship and gave fans the opportunity to enjoy the games via a world-first reactive, 360-degree, audio-visual experience. Action during the matches triggered a unique response, from goals to penalties and national anthems. It is predicted that the FanDome hosted 45,000 guests over 45 games during the championships. 

The covered aluminium structure stood at approximately 43x22m and was based on Star Events’ Orbit Flexidome building system. Sapa Profiles extruded the aluminium for a major update using a bespoke die. Star Events utilised numerous Sapa Profiles fabrication services, including cutting, forming, slotting and drilling.  Sapa Profiles has invested considerably in equipment and the latest control systems, including long length profile machining centres and double mitre saws, ensuring they offer customers a vast array of fabrication and finishing services to turn components into a finished product. 

Star Events approached Sapa Profiles for design advice on the new profile and to then supply it following a positive experience on Sapa’s Profile Academy and also benefitting from the company’s wealth of literature and educational material. Sapa design engineer, Ian Thompson worked closely with Star Events to ensure the project ran smoothly and was delivered on time to its location at Lewis Cubitt Square, Kings Cross. 

Star Events has designed and delivered stages, structures, seating and rigging for some of the world’s most high-profile events, as well as smaller community and commercial events. Using innovative designs, Star Events is able to create environments and experiences that are safe and versatile. Working with support from Sapa Profiles on this project, Star Events delivered another world-class experience. 

Project manager at Star Events, Gavin Scott comments: “Our experience of working with Sapa Profiles on this exciting project was great. The support and knowledge from Sapa’s design team is outstanding and we are looking forward to working with them to continue to develop structures for other events in the future.”

Myles Grennan, marketing manager at Sapa Profiles UK comments: “Sapa Profiles prides itself on adding value for customers wherever possible. From design support to a wide range of complex fabrication services, we continue to invest our UK extrusion facilities, re-enforcing our commitment to UK manufacturing.”

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