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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

LSAA Member MakMax makes major progress at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium roof in Delhi, India.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JNS) was originally built in 1982 in honour of India's first Prime Minister. Mr. Nehru is credited as the founder of modern India through political and social reform. In preparation for the upcoming 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi this facility is receiving a dramatic update. The crowning achievement to the stadium's rebirth will be the tensile membrane roof, supported by a vast cable net. MakMax was awarded the contract to supply and install an ambitious fabric and cable roof design, the structure is now near completion with 50 of the 88 fabric panels installed. Schlaich Bergermann & Partners are the structural engineers.

Architects Gerkan Marg und Partner (GMP) are responsible for the elegant design incorporating steelwork and cables to support over 58,000 square meters of PTFE glass fibre fabric. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium roof spans a dramatic 70 meters into the atrium space supported entirely by an external steel frame to cover the whole spectator area. For this reason the supporting steelwork needed to be precisely engineered and executed.

This external steelwork gives a lattice effect providing the stability needed whilst completely transforming the appearance of the structure. MakMax has worked with GMP previously on the recently completed Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in South Africa. With the recent completion of Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and the soon to be completed Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, MakMax looks forward to the next mega-structure to be added to their increasing line of large scale projects.

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