Voortman Steel Construction and Van Wijnen: a joint design process

Voortman Steel Construction was commissioned by Van Wijnen to supply and assemble over 1746 tonnes of steel for the stadium, including the 30-metre-long roof trusses, the floor beams, and the four lighting columns.

Voortman Steel Construction designs, manufactures, and delivers high quality projects in steel from engineering to assembly.

Van Wijnen is a Dutch construction group active in project development, housing construction, renovation and transformation, area development, and property management.

A story that will repeat itself in the future

Voortman and ArcelorMittal Staalhandel have been playing on the same team for years. However, this new stadium is changing the game by putting the XCarb® recycled and renewably produced offer on the field as a key player. And that is what makes the difference in winning the sustainability match!

The world's first stadium with XCarb® recycled and renewably produced steel

Building a football stadium is always special, but the new 15 000-seat SC Cambuur stadium in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands is a first: It is the first stadium in the world to use XCarb® recycled and renewably produced steel.


Published: 4 May 2023

A sustainable alternative

"We want to take responsibility in terms of sustainability,” says Michel Kolk, sales director of Voortman Steel Construction. “For example, we are in the process of mapping our whole CO2 footprint. In this context, thanks to our cooperation with ArcelorMittal Staalhandel (ArcelorMittal Distribution Solutions Benelux), we can now offer our clients a sustainable alternative to the usual steel beams. The fact that XCarb® recycled and renewably produced sections are being used for the first time in a prestigious project like the Cambuur stadium gives it an extra dimension in terms of sustainability and provides a great reference! We hope that many more projects with XCarb® will follow so that together with our partners we can contribute to a cleaner construction chain.”

CO2 savings

As a result of the talks between ArcelorMittal’s Steligence® team and Van Wijnen and the discussions between ArcelorMittal Staalhandel and their customer Voortman, the selection of XCarb® recycled and renewably produced steel quickly became an obvious choice. In fact, 80% of all the sections that will be assembled in the stadium are in ArcelorMittal's sustainable steel using 100% renewable electricity and 100% scrap. Compared to the use of typical steel, the choice of XCarb® recycled and renewably produced steel represents a saving of over 285 tonnes of CO2-eq. This is roughly equal to the emissions of over 160 diesel cars driving 10 000 kilometres on an annual basis.

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