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The Valhalla Structure - Worlds Largest Portable Venue

Link to Valhalla Ryerson University Paper - Link to Tensile 1 page (Valhalla trade name) - Link to Kayam, Valhalla and MegaDome Comparison

Link to Valhalla Victorias Secret (Worlds largest Fashion Show) - Link to Valhalla Global Gathering Festival

Project - Valhalla Structure - Client - Gearhouse PLC - Location - various - Year - 1998

 

Rudi Enos designed the Valhalla as the largest of his 1990's portable membrane structures. Named after the Norse fables, hall of the gods, it was intended to be the largest portable structure ever built that is available for hire. It is believed to be so today. With a surface area of 14,500 square metres it remains so today, closely followed by the Kayam Concert tent with an area of 10,490 square metres and MT66 Megadome at 8,800 square metres. By any standards these are the largest portable structures ever used for major events. All sizes quoted are for the perimeter of the roof profile as seen in plan.

The Valhalla portable membrane structure is simply staggering. This structure uses unique methods of design, manufacture and installation to achieve the project aims of providing the first large scale portable structure to house the same events as a permanent arena. The structure was used for the first time on new years eve 1999 to herald the new millennium. It became the largest indoor celebration in the UK for the new millennium by accommodating 28,000 people inside the structure together with staging, light and sound equipment which cost £400,000 to hire for the night. Production costs for the single night ran into the millions. 90% of the effects were suspended from the structure with a total flown load of 40 tonnes. Valhalla, (named Tensile1 by the operating companies) was awarded the Guinness Book of Records 'World's Largest Portable Venue' in 2000.

Valhalla Sizes E&OE

Net internal sizes, surface area and footprint larger.

LayoutSize-metresSize-feetSquare metresSquare feetHectaresAcresFootball pitches
1 pole45x45148x1481,63217,5670.160.400.3
2 pole45x75148x2462,98232,0980.300.740.6
3 pole45x105148x3444,33246,6290.431.070.8
4 pole75x60246x1974,10744,2070.411.010.8
6 pole75x75246x2465,23256,3170.521.291.0
8 pole75x90246x2956,35768,4260.641.571.2
10 pole75x105246x3447,48280,5360.751.851.4
12 pole75x120246x3948,60792,6450.862.131.6
14 pole75x135246x4439,732104,7540.972.401.8
16 pole75x150246x49210,857116,8641.092.682.0
8 + 6 + 6225x90738x29516,821181,0601.684.163.1
footprint floor area         
LayoutSize-metresSize-feetSquare metresSquare feetHectaresAcresFootball pitches
1 pole55x55180x1802,24424,1540.220.550.4
2 pole55x85180x2793,84441,3760.380.950.7
3 pole55x115180x3775,44458,5990.541.351.0
4 pole85x70279x2305,10454,9390.511.261.0
6 pole85x85279x2796,36468,5020.641.571.2
8 pole85x100279x3287,62482,0640.761.881.4
10 pole85x115279x3778,88495,6270.892.201.7
12 pole85x130279x42710,144109,1891.012.511.9
14 pole85x145279x47611,404122,7521.142.822.1
16 pole85x160279x52512,664136,3141.273.132.4
8 + 6 + 6235x100771x32820,352219,0672.045.033.8
surface area          
LayoutSize-metresSize-feetSquare metresSquare feetHectaresAcresFootball pitches
1 pole55x55180x1802,60828,0720.260.640.5
2 pole55x85180x2794,46848,0930.451.100.8
3 pole55x115180x3776,32868,1140.631.561.2
4 pole85x70279x2305,90463,5500.591.461.1
6 pole85x85279x2797,34079,0070.731.811.4
8 pole85x100279x3288,77694,4640.882.171.6
10 pole85x115279x37710,212109,9211.022.521.9
12 pole85x130279x42711,648125,3781.162.882.2
14 pole85x145279x47613,084140,8351.313.232.4
16 pole85x160279x52514,520156,2921.453.592.7
8 + 6 + 6235x100771x32823,456252,4782.355.804.4
Volume           
LayoutSize-metresSize-feetCubic metresCubic feetOlympic pools 
1 pole55x55180x18021,516759,83011.38  
2 pole55x85180x27940,6921,437,02421.53  
3 pole55x115180x37759,8682,114,21831.68  
4 pole85x70279x23058,5722,068,45130.99  
6 pole85x85279x27976,4522,699,87740.45  
8 pole85x100279x32894,3323,331,30349.91  
10 pole85x115279x377112,2123,962,72959.37  
12 pole85x130279x427130,0924,594,15668.83  
14 pole85x145279x476147,9725,225,58278.29  
16 pole85x160279x525165,8525,857,00887.75  
8 + 6 + 6235x100771x328247,2368,731,057130.81