Pierre Ferret (Bordeaux)
Fédération Française de Rugby
• Serge Ferrari composite material
> Précontraint 1002 Fluotop T2
Material area : 6 000 m2
Inaugurated in 2002, The French National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis features a 80 x 50 m synthetic pitch, covered by Précontraint Fluotop T2 composite membrane, allowing the French XV and trainees to practise in all seasons.
Architects Pierre Ferret and Françoise-Hélène Jourda recall the advantages of this Serge Ferrari-designed material.
“Stadiums require us to go for quality and the Précontraint Fluotop T2 material is simply ideal”, says Pierre Ferret.
“In bad weather, the Précontraint patented material ensures excellent watertightness and wind resistance. With the Fluotop T2 surface treatment, the covered structures resist much better the effects of aging, soiling and UV radiation… Maintenance is facilitated and more efficient. The composite membrane also conserves longer its original whiteness and brightness”, explains the architect.
Another essential asset is its translucence. “The luminosity and transparency of this composite prevents any areas of shadow”, adds Françoise-Hélène Jourda, “there is neither backlight nor contrasting levels of light and we thereby avoid the need for artificial lighting.”