The new Walferdange sports complex includes three halls with a total surface area of 6,150 m², or volume of about 66,000 m3. An elegant set of spaces and façades, a sensible choice of original and simple equipment give the Prince Henri Omnisports Center a pleasant, friendly atmosphere.
Multisports complexes: Walferdange/Bereldange
Construction started in October 1997. To avoid uneven group due to a slope between the old hall and the new portions, also considering the low floor load capacity, a system of foundations on stakes driven 13m deep was chosen.
The load-bearing structure of the hall is nearly completely made of reinforced concrete, most of which was prefabricated to meet very short deadlines. The framing of the hall is made of 3D mesh beams in high-quality laminated timber. It has clearance of 38 meters. A reverse camber is also planned. The assembly of this structure was accomplished using an ultra-modern procedure based on metal plates and BSB-type dowels.
Main foundation construction work was finished in record time of 10 months thanks to the expertise of various working bodies. Technical installation and finishing touches started in July 1998. Town authorities and contracted companies oversaw ecological and economic techniques both in terms of heating and ventilation as well as lighting. Heating of the entire complex is provided by three heaters with a total power of about 2,100 kW. Two of the heaters use dual-energy (fuel oil/gas) and one is equipped with an exhaust heat recovery system. The ventilation installations are also equipped with efficient energy recovery systems that strongly reduce maintenance costs. Particular focus was given to the lighting in the sports complex. The omnisport hall is equipped with light sources with indirect reflection to avoid dazzling the players. Various indoor foot-traffic areas are lit with lighting strips located on the walls at a height of 2.80m. A sound system with two 200W/100V speakers provide exceptional comfort for speech and music. An ultra-modern advertising display implements the latest multimedia techniques is a finishing touch to the omnisports hall, which has a capacity of 1,004 spectators in various collapsible stalls and bleachers. Special equipment for disabled access was planned in appropriate places.
A climbing wall measuring 200m² is available for rock-climbers and classrooms with cutting-edge audio-visual equipment are available for students of the ISERP.
A weightlifting room is available with modern equipment; archers can practice in a room that is 34m long. The Prince Henri Sports Center includes a sensory-motor room and a room to practice martial arts.
Outside the structure, two football pitches have been built, one of which is surrounded by a jogging track as well as seven tennis courts and a multisport field. Special attention was given to landscaping the area outside the halls. Access to the main hall features a canopy tent that can house outdoor events in any weather. Lit paths allow for circulation between the various parts of the Sports Center and many parking spaces are available for visitors and athletes. Communal Administration particularly emphasized the recreational aspect of the site by setting up a children’s play area behind the hall and a multisport area accessible to the entire town. Carefully chosen plantings provide excellent integration of the sports complex into its local environment.