Ruukki Construction is to deliver steel structures to Norway for the world’s largest indoor ski centre

Installation work at the site started on 28 May.

Ruukki is designing, manufacturing and installing the steel frame and load-bearing sheets for the world’s largest indoor ski centre under construction at Lørenskog, a drive of some 20 kilometres to the east of the centre of Oslo. Close, practical teamwork between the customer and Ruukki has enabled installation to start on schedule. Steel manufactured by SSAB is being used in the structures.

Ruukki’s delivery includes the design, manufacture and installation of the steel frame and load-bearing sheets. The steel structure design used to complete the architectural creation is based entirely on Ruukki’s own solution. Ruukki has a long successful track record in the design and manufacture of complex steel structures.

“Over the past two years we have worked closely with the customer and taken the project forward. The design, manufacture and installation of the structures have all progressed to schedule. This is real testimony to what can be achieved with close, well-functioning collaboration at an early stage,” explains Petri Nieminen, SVP, Ruukki Building Systems.

The ski centre is spread over six storeys and houses a snow-covered area of around 40,000 square metres, which is about the same size as five football pitches. The downhill ski slope is 505 metres long and 100 metres wide at its widest point. The height difference is 90 metres. The slope will be equipped with three ski lifts with a combined capacity of 5,000 skiers and hour. A cross-country ski track of about one kilometre in length and five metres wide will be built and suspended from roof structures at the lower end of the downhill slope. The ski track will comprise of 120 components and weigh about 400 tonnes.

A further challenge is that the indoor ski centre is being built into a slope following the contours of the landscape. The building must take into account landscaping restrictions and blend into the surroundings, without blocking the view of residential properties.

In addition to the downhill ski slope, the ski complex includes a hotel, dwellings and a winter academy. The complex has been designed by the Norwegian architects office Halvorsen & Reine AS and the planned opening for  the downhill ski slope is scheduled for early 2020.

For further information, please contact:
Petri Nieminen, SVP, Building Systems, Ruukki Construction, tel. +358 50 314 3617, petri,nieminen@ruukki.com

Mediaservice:
Tapani Tuominen, Ruukki Construction, tel. +358 50 314 3131, tapani.m.tuominen@ruukki.com