The National Gymnastics Arena (NGA) of Azerbaijan in Baku is a purpose-built facility designed primarily to provide an Olympic standard venue for Rhythmic Gymnastics, but with the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of other events for both sport and entertainment. It has a capacity of approximately 6,000 seated spectators and extensive hospitality facilities. It is also the resident training facility for the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation.

Accommodation within the facility is planned around the main arena bowl and includes general concourses, hospitality facilities, restaurant, VIP lounges and other public amenities serving the venue.

Robert Bird Group were central to the original competition-winning design.

Key technical challenges

RBG redesigned the steel plunge columns enabling complex bracing arrangements and programme hold-points to be removed, hence simplifying excavation and improving health and safety. The ground floor slab was redesigned for significant construction loads and to prop the basement wall whilst maintaining a large void to allow the core to rise.

RBG also checked all permanent works elements for the temporary loads induced by the innovative construction sequence. The construction method further reduced the ground movements, thereby minimising the risk to sensitive network rail facilities adjacent to the site.

Robert Bird Group were central to the original competition-winning design.

  • Design for high seismic and wind loadings.
  • Design and detailing of exposed steel superstructure in the public concourse areas.
  • 70m wide x 15m high dividing doors and multi-media installations are supported by steel roof trusses.

Project Metrics

Project Value:
£36.5 million
Year Completed:
Building Metrics:
Total Area: pending
300 Parking spaces

Project Metrics

Primary Contractor:
Broadway Malyan and Pattern Architects
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering from RIBA stages to completion

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