Mayol Stadium, Toulon, France

Project Information

Client: AMS Ascenseurs

Architect/Installer: AMS Ascenseurs

Building Type: Public Building

Elevator Type: MRL-G

Floor stops: 3

Persons/Weight: 8/630kg

Cabin Type: Panoramic

Door Type: 2 Panel Telescopic, 900mm clear opening

Project Description

Mayol Stadium is located in Toulon, France and is one of the most iconic stadiums of the country. It initially operated in 1920 with a capacity of 18,200 spectators and is still in use, mainly for rugby games. It is one of a few French stadiums that is fully surrounded by the modern town and offers a spectacular view of the Toulon’s gulf and the military port.

In the context of renovation works, a new bleacher was constructed for the stadium. This new structure was designed with an elevator, in order to serve not only the VIP fans, but also any other physically disabled spectator.

Our partner in France, the installation office AMS, gave us the specifications of the project in 2017. A 3-stops MRL-G with 15 meters travel. But where it would be installed? In a special steel structure, which was designed and constructed between the bleachers’ pillars, forming in this way a distinct shaft.

The project was complex and challenging. First of all, the steel structure had to be studied and checked according to elevator’s forces. Moreover, our products, as industrial outputs, had to be fully customized and modified, so that they could fit into the existing metallic shaft. Our goal was to design and manufacture elevator components that could be mounted only by fixing screws, since we had to avoid welding completely.

“… The installation of a lift in an existing metallic shaft, which lacks the specifications of a typical elevator shaft, is a very hard and technically demanding procedure, which affects the final product to a large extent. The design of this specific elevator in the Toulon’s stadium was a time-consuming but exceptionally interesting process till the final solution.”

Tasos Anastasiou, Chief Mechanical Engineer

Our response to the technical complications of the project was Metron’s capability to design reliable products for every need. The steel structure was checked and corrected by a team of engineers of our Engineering Solutions Department, in close cooperation with French engineers who have initially designed it. Then, we faced one by one all the technical problems of the structure. How exactly we could fit the lift doors, how we could cover the gaps between the door frame and the steel structure or how the guide rails brackets would not be visible through the panoramic shaft. The final output should have been aesthetically perfect.

The result justifies everybody’s effort. An impressive panoramic cabin in a metallic shaft fully covered by glass, which perfectly matches with the Inclined bleacher. No welded joints between the different parts, just industrially produced pieces fastened by screws.

Congratulations for the cooperation, the design, the execution and the installation of a such distinctive elevator!

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