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Festhalle Multi-Purpose Arena

Frankfurt, Germany

Lindapter Girder Clamps provided a solution to suspend a Mero rigging system.

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Product: Type AF Girder Clamp
Market: Arts / Entertainment / Staging
Client: Messe Frankfurt
Contractor: Ernsthaus Rigging Services

The Festhalle is an architecturally and historically important building which at the time of its completion in 1909 had the largest dome in Europe. The dome reaches a height of 130 feet and looks down on 18,500ft2 of space which is used to hold events and concerts. Internally the original arched steel roof trusses and dome structure can be seen, and are used to suspend modern rigging equipment.

The shackle suspending the rigging from the steel roof structure needed to be replaced due to additional high frictional loads caused by the weight of a new rigging system and equipment. Welding or damage to the existing steel structure was not permitted due to the historical importance of the building, and so a new method of connecting to the steel was required. The solution would also need to be capable of carrying the necessary loads and prevent frictional slip.

Lindapter in conjunction with the rigging contractor designed a custom bracketry system. This included two large adjustable plates that attached to either end of a steel arm to spread the load.

The plates would then be connected to the existing steel using Type AF high slip resistance girder clamps to provide the necessary combined loads of tensile and slip, particularly at the outer edges of the roof where loads were the greatest.

Each bracket arrangement was carefully lifted into position and then fixed at the point of contact between the adjustable plates and the steel roof trusses.

A combination of size 5/8” Type AF girder clamps, washers, packing pieces and spreader bars were used for each connection.

For the brackets on the outer edges of the roof up to ten girder clamps per plate were installed to provide the necessary high slip resistance.

After each bracket was secure the contractor was able to suspend the Mero rigging system from the steel arm which was then used to install lighting and other equipment.

Lindapter Type AF Girder Clamps provided a drilling and weld free connection that prevented any damage to the existing steel trusses. They have independent technical accreditations, which include the CE Mark (ETA-13/0300), TÜV and Lloyd’s Register approvals which verify the high load and slip capacities, leading to a safe and successful installation.

  • High slip resistance for tensile and frictional loads
  • No drilling or welding required
  • Hot Dipped Galvanized finish offers a cost effective and low maintenance solution

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  • Save time and money

    Save time and money

    Clamping two steel sections together avoids time-consuming welding or conventional drilling and bolting.

  • Safer connections

    Safer connections

    Drilling and welding in the field is avoided, removing the need for hot work permits and encouraging safer site conditions.

  • High strength

    High strength

    Lindapter clamps are manufactured from high strength materials to resist high load requirements and harsh environments.

  • Industry leading approvals

    Industry leading approvals

    Lindapter has earned a reputation synonymous with safety and reliability, gaining multiple independent approvals.

  • Adjustable


    Quickly align steel sections by sliding the section into the correct position before tightening the Girder Clamp to complete the installation.

  • Free connection detailing

    Free connection detailing

    Lindapter’s experienced Engineers can detail a custom connection based on your specific requirements free of charge.

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