In March 1986, two Concordes from the airlines Air France and British Airways landed at Leipzig/Halle (Germany), filled with passengers coming to the Leipzig Fair. This airport, also known as Schkeuditz Airport, is located between the cities of Leipzig (Saxony) and Halle (Saxony-Anhalt) and has traffic of almost two million passengers per year. It is, in addition, the headquarters of the operator DHL Aviation, which has meant a large increase in cargo traffic.
Leipzig/Halle airport was modernised when the city was nominated as a candidate to host the Olympic Games of 2012, which were finally awarded to London. All infrastructures were improved, parking, check-in facilities, the two runways and the loading docks. Furthermore, two rooms were built to accommodate the new snow ploughs, whose function is to keep the airport free of snow and ice in winter. To support the weight and pressure of these large machines, the ground of these buildings had to be reinforced; leading project team leaders to chose URSA XPS D N-III-L, installing it under the paving and combined with floor heating.
These extruded polystyrene panels offer great resistance and durability. Their use under foundation slabs has received the approval of the Passivhaus standard, widely used in Germany. URSA XPS D N-III-L panels have very low thermal conductivity, a high resistance to compression and an extremely low water absorption capacity owing to their non-porous, closed cell structure. In addition to its use under flooring, this material can be used as external insulation of roofs and terraces, as well as being suitable for the insulation of interior partition walls and ceilings.
Location: Leipzig/Halle (Germany)
The ground of the buildings built to accommodate the new snow ploughs that keep the Leipzig’s airport free of snow and ice in winter, were reinforced with URSA XPS D N-III-L.