Originally built as a multi-use stadium and officially opened for the 1984 African Nations Cup, the Stade Bouaké became home to Bouaké FC until it fell into disrepair during the First Ivorian Civil War. Today, the stadium is being given a new lease of life through an EUR80m investment, and the contracting expertise of Mota Engil Africa, led by Project Manager Eng. Nelson B. Andrade.
In supporting the stadium’s refurbishment and expansion, Doka was hired to provide its formwork and engineering expertise, which included the input of Martin Hörlesberger, the man behind the self-climbing solutions for the central core walls and wing walls of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest man-made building.
In transforming the existing stadium from 25,000 to 40,000 seats, structural and superficial works were required which involved a combination of inclination beams, specially designed formwork for the column shapes and heights, as well as a fair-faced concrete quality. Through a combination of Dokaflex Slab, Top 50 for the columns and concrete beams and Ringlock for the shoring beams and the slab, the team provided a versatile solution that also met all the necessary safety requirements, including perimeter handrail posts.
Commenting on the project, Eng. Nelson Andrade commented, “Doka has provided solutions and formwork systems that meet directly with the needs of the site. In providing a flexible and adaptable combination, the overall solution really helped our team reach its goals in terms of productivity. The formwork instructor particularly helpful for us and aided in solving a lot of problems when it came to utilization, assembly and disassembly of the systems. It was clear to see that the training provided for the local workers went a long way towards increasing our overall productivity on site.”
Speaking on behalf of Doka, Sales Manager Vitor Aguiar said, “The client was happy with our overall approach, as well as the products and systems used. As a symbol of a new era for the country, they were particularly pleased with the fair faced finish and how it looks. Now known as the “Stadium of Peace”, we hope it will serve the country well in the years ahead.”