As part of a major regeneration of the area, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is set to revolutionise modern stadium design. In a world first, the stadium will feature a retractable natural turf surface, with an astroturf pitch for American Football underneath. The stadium will include a large single-tier ‘home end’ stand of 17,000 seats – the largest of its type in the UK – combined with a five-storey atrium space in the south stand. This stadium, which is unique in terms of design and scope – will provide an unequalled level of facilities for all supporters.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s vision is to create an exceptional sports, leisure and entertainment destination. With a planned capacity for 61,559 spectators – the stadium will replace White Hart Lane as the home of the iconic London football club.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Designed by Populous, – the full stadium masterplan also includes a museum facility, visitor attractions including a Sky Walk to the roof of the stadium, an extreme sports building, a community health centre, commercial space and 579 residential units. The east stand includes a double-height conference and event hall, with banqueting facilities and a new 180-bedroom hotel. As well as being a unique destination for fans and visitors, the hotel will also be a training and educational facility for local young people. The completed project will mean that Tottenham Hotspur will support 3,500 jobs in the local area.
EOS were appointed by Fireclad, to design and manufacture a complex internal Steel Framing Systems (SFS) structure to support high-end luxury tiling and extensive signage.
CHALLENGES AND RESOLUTIONS
The heavy loadings of the internal walling system meant that normal internal studwork could not offer the required support. EOS sections are able to frame around complex superstructures and support heavy cladding – resulting in fantastic aesthetics for the visitors to the stadium.
The complex design incorporates circa 2,000m2 of SFS using a multitude of different design formats from the various sub-contractors employed by the main contractor, Mace. Clarity of communications was crucial to meet this challenge. EOS organised a series of onsite meetings between their experienced design team and the sub-contractors to interrogate and agree the design brief.
As much of the hot rolled steelwork was non-standard and non-repetitive – the design process was lengthy, with extensive complex detailing.
“We are involved in some outstanding projects, but this has to be one of the most high profile – attracting global attention,” said Steve Thompson, MD of EOS. “By forming close partnerships with the various sub-contractors, our design team were able to meet the complex challenges in delivering the brief and budget. The use of BIM 3D modelling integrated with our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility ensured that each bespoke element of the various designs met with the exacting specification.”