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COWI provides acoustics and fire engineering for Norway’s third tallest building

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Lerk​endal Hotel is to be build in connection to Lerkendal Stadium

With its 75 metres, Lerkendal Hotel in Trondheim is set to become the third tallest building in Norway.

​Lerkendal Hotel in Trondheim will quite a landmark for the Northern Norwegian town of Trondheim. The hotel will be built in connection with Lerkendal Stadium, and when completed, the 20-storey, 400-room building will be the biggest meeting and conference facility in all of Norway.

COWI is responsible for space and acoustics design for both the hotel section and the conference section, which are connected by a large common area. The hotel will also feature a concert hall with a capacity of about 1,800 people. All of this puts great demand on the acoustics of the building, an area where COWI has gained great experience through several other big projects in Norway.


Fire engineering challenges

The size of the Lerkendal Hotel proved a challenging task for the fire engineering team, as the Norwegian fire regulations are based on traditional Norwegian buildings, which are nothing like a 75 metres tall hotel.

“Special attention was given to the building façade, both in terms of shaping and selecting materials. We set the bar higher than normally, but we also faced a number of unusual challenges. It was not just the size of the building, but also the number of large conference halls and the fact that Lerkendal Stadium is right next door,” says Elin Tørlen Lønvik, Project Manager of fire engineering.

When completed in the summer of 2014, Lerkendal Hotel will have 30 conference rooms, capacities ranging from 10 to 1,800 people. In total it will be able house a total of 23,000 conference attendants, including the capacity of Lerkendal Stadium.

LAST UPDATED: 16.09.2016