• Sport

Aviva Stadium

Ireland’s national rugby and football stadium was built using Ecocem cement not only for its carbon advantages but for its technical superiority and aesthetic qualities.

Product used:

Ecocem GGBS

Carbon savings:

4,000 tonnes of CO2

Project Scope:

Ireland’s national rugby and football stadium was built using Ecocem cement not only for its carbon advantages but for its technical superiority and aesthetic qualities.

The Aviva Stadium (formally Lansdowne Road Stadium) was officially opened in 2010 with an improved 50,000 spectator capacity. Its curvilinear bowl shape form sits amongst a residential area and is designed to minimize impacts on the environment. The stadium covers a total of 6.4 hectares with a 50m tall façade and cost €410 million to complete.


  • Construction: Sisk and Sons (with more than 90 sub-contractors employed)
  • Engineering: Burohappold Engineering
  • Architects and design: Populous and Scott Tallon Walker
  • Concrete Provider: Cemex and Kilsaran
  • GGBS Inclusion: 40% provided by Ecocem

During the construction of the stadium 8,000 precast concrete units were made off-site and 72,000 tonnes of concrete was produced in-situ. GGBS was specified for use in all in-situ and precast elements saving over 4,000 tonnes of C02. This amount of C02 equates to taking approximately 1,280 cars off the road for one year.

The use of GGBS in the concrete not only saved 4,000 tonnes of C02 but gave a high-quality finish, and due to the lighter finish of GGBS, the concrete surface has a greater albedo effect than Portland Cement. This means that more solar light is reflected into the atmosphere instead of being absorbed by the concrete which reduces the heat island effect.

The main concept for the construction of the Aviva Stadium was energy efficiency through a sustainable design. 


  • 2010 Irish Concrete Society Awards – Building Category and Overall Winner.
  • 2011 British Construction Industry Award (BCIA) – Best International Project (this award recognises excellence in UK and International Building & Engineering Projects).


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