"In February 2017, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev laid the first stone. From that moment on we designed and built the project at the same time," says Ruslan Amonov (Enter Engineering). The arena was named after the mythical Humo bird, the image of which formed the basis of the architectural concept. The pedestrian stylobate of the arena together with the complex of auxiliary rooms, form a volume resembling the wing of the Humo bird. The architect of the concept was Heerim Architects & Planners (South Korea) and the design of the multifunctional ice complex was developed by the ARENA Design Institute (Russia). The complex with a capacity of 12.5 thousand seats was designed for large sporting and entertainment events and also includes a training arena with 200-500 seats, multi-storey parking for 1737 cars and a landscaped area of 8.77 hectares. "The Humo Arena ice complex has two ice arenas; the main arena and a training arena, between them is a restaurant overlooking both arenas, there is a lobby along the perimeter of the main arena equipped with bathrooms and refreshments for spectators and VIP boxes are designed at one of the highest floors. The different floors are connected with each other by stairs, elevators and escalators. All stories of the arena are accessible by spectators with disabilities. The façades of the arena are designed in a modern architectural style, using high-tech aluminium façade and roofing systems.", - comments Igor Koufonin ("PI Arena").
The main attraction of the arena is the ice rink, where various ice sports activities are held, like hockey, figure skating, etc. It is also possible to completely transform the arena for concerts or other events. This transformation can be done done very quickly - within 4-5 hours. The big advantage of this arena for Uzbekistan is, in particular, that until recently there was no indoor arena in the country where 12 500 people could gather. With the arrival of the arena, world-class stars can safely come to Tashkent, knowing that there is such a platform.
According to Igor Koufonin, the complexity of such facilities lies in the high number of engineering systems that ensure the functioning of the ice arenas. A special microclimate has to be created for the ice rinks, all necessary service need to be in place to welcome a large number of spectators and a solution had to be found to transform the arenas in different levels and directions for events without interrupting the training process.
“We managed to cope with all the tasks set. It became possible largely due to the project management - from the choice of the designer, his coordination and control, to the parallel implementation of all construction works by all subcontractors, which was carried out by Enter Engineering.” For the coordinator and general contractor, Humo Arena was the first project of its kind: "We at Enter Engineering have always specialised in industrial projects. These are large gas refineries, oil refineries, compressor stations and pipelines. Similar projects are being built mainly in the regions in the middle of the desert. The most important fundamental difference between the Humo Arena project and others is that the multifunctional ice complex is a social, civil project built in the heart of Tashkent. Since it is a large project, located on an area of almost 9 hectares, it had its own peculiarities and difficulties. The most important thing for us was to plan the work correctly, so that on one site a variety of works were conducted at the same time which made it possible to deliver the project on time. It's one thing to build in the middle of the desert and another - in the city centre, where the work is carried out in cramped conditions, there are great restrictions on storage facilities and access to the building," - commented Ruslan Amonov.