This prestigious development involved the design and construction of the north-east and north-west quadrants – unifying the stadium by reinforcing the ‘bowl’ concept on the upper seating decks and linking the main east stand to the north and west stands by a high quality façade.
The design of the quadrants introduced major vertical circulation and this has been realised by the creation of a highly modelled stair tower placed centrally in each quadrant creating an iconic image for the stadium. The structural design minimises the external impact of the roof steel, and is achieved by the creation of a structural steel web cantilevered from the stair tower to carry the quadrant roof.
The seating decks themselves provide for an additional 8,000 spectators, bringing the overall stadium capacity to 76,000. Below the seating decks are three levels of hospitality providing catering for 2,500, and concourses at level 4 serving the quadrants seating decks.
Initially an enabling works contract was carried out during 2004 for each quadrant, with the main work starting on the site in April 2005. During the course of the construction works, the two quadrant sites had to be sealed off to allow the stadium to host its Premiere League programme of matches in a safe and unhindered manner. The first phase was completed in July 2005 and the project was completed in July 2006.
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