Posted on Thursday 1 October 2015 by Ulster Business

Brett martin shines light on ireland rugby

Brett Martin Marketing Manager Hayley Lowry is pictured with Technical Services Manager Michael Johnson and the Marlon CS Production Manager William Martin.

A Newtownabbey company will can lay claim to helping make sure the sun shines on the backs of Ireland’s rugby team when they face Italy on Sunday.

Brett Martin has revealed it supplied the plastic roof sheeting as its part of the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park stadium in London where the game is being played.

The multi-million pound deal was awarded by main contractor Balfour Beatty on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation and saw the Newtownabbey company supply 87 tonnes of its “Marlon CS Longlife polycarbonate”, clear plastic sheeting which allows sun to shine on the stadium but keeps rain off spectators and the pitch.

The redevelopment of the stadium, which will host five games during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, involved doubling the size of the original roof structure to cover all of the 54,000 spectator seating in the venue.

Brett Martin’s team, headed up by Technical Services Manager, Michael Johnston, worked alongside architects Populous to develop a light weight design solution which would offer the necessary versatility to be configured to fit the complex concentric structure of the new stadium roof.

“We are incredibly proud to have supplied a critical component in the construction of the roof canopy in the London Olympic Stadium Transformation Project,” William Martin, Production Manager at Brett Martin’s Marlon CS plant said. “The project is a feat of production and delivery logistics and upon completion of the stadium, we have demonstrated our technical excellence and expertise in the delivery of specialist and large scale roof lighting projects.”

Following the Rugby World Cup games throughout October, the stadium will close for one last time to allow completion of its final phase where the multipurpose site will be home to West Ham United Football Club as well as the new national center for athletics.

The Olympic Park is the latest in a long list of stadia which Brett Martin has supplied.

It has supplied the specialist sheeting to some of the most well-know grounds in the world including Manchester City’s Ethiad stadium, Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield, Manchester United’s Old Trafford, Wembley, as well as a host of other well-known venues.

The company employs a total of 797 people (400 locally in Newtownabbey), and turns over £136m a year supplying products to over 70 countries worldwide. 

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