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Oxford Ice Rink
associated engineer
Ove Arup & Partners
date  1984
era  Modern  |  category  Stadium/Arena/Pool  |  reference  SP505060
An early building by Nicholas Grimshaw which utilises his signature interest in wide spans to overcome a specific problem: the rink is built on filled land with a low load-bearing capacity. Thus a central spine, spanning 73.2m, picks up more than half the load of the galvanised steel and metal decking roof.
Two 33m high steel masts support the whole, standing well above the low building at either end of the roof, and secured by tie-rods anchored to tension piles at a radius of 12.32m. Stainless steel tension rods hang from these masts in groups of four, and support the beams which spring from the central spine at 15m intervals.
Inside, the walls are clad with cold-storage panels coated in silver PVC. The north face of the building is glazed.
Architect: Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners
reference sources   LG/SJ

Oxford Ice Rink