Built in two halves side by side, they were lifted into place by a team of just ten men before being bolted together.
The award-winning Emirates Stadium has been hailed “the best stadium job in the UK ever”.
The 60,000-seat venue was the centrepiece of a contract which also included two new bridges across railway lines, a waste transfer station, a headquarters building and the 12-storey Ashburton Triangle residential development.
Completed ahead of schedule and within budget, the stadium hosted its first game just eight days after completion. View the timelapse video of the stadium being built.
The stadium’s 27,000m2 roof represented a huge challenge. Its two large tubular steel trusses, each spanning 204m, and two smaller 100m trusses had to be built within the confines of the elliptical stadium.
Originally they were to be assembled on the ground in one piece, but this would have encroached on the footprint of the stadium bowl, delaying construction of the terraces.
We worked with subcontractor Watson Steel to optimise the construction method. The larger trusses were built in two halves on the pitch area. They were then lifted onto four gigantic tripods, one in each corner of the stadium, and supported in the middle before being bolted together.
In another remarkable engineering operation, the 1,000 tonne, 100m long south bridge was constructed in one piece on site and then slid across the railway track using strand jacks. The north bridge was built in two 180 tonne sections and lifted into place using a 750 tonne crane.
A textbook example of project management and team building, Emirates Stadium showcases the benefits our collaborative approach to business can bring. Our early involvement and that of our key supply chain partners was an essential element in the project’s success.
We worked with our designers, subcontractors and a Building Information Modelling (BIM) consultancy to deliver coordinated MEP services, saving time and money by identifying and resolving clashes prior to works beginning on site.
Following the successful completion of the stadium, we were entrusted with the transformation of Arsenal Football Club’s former home into the Highbury Square residential development.
“The project has gone extremely well and we would like to thank Sir Robert McAlpine, and the whole project team, who have done an absolutely fantastic job for us and delivered probably the best club stadium in Europe.” - Ken Friar, Arsenal Director
Since its completion in 2006 Emirates Stadium has won a host of awards.
In recognition of excellence in civil engineering, we were awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers Brunel Medal.
The stadium was named Major Project of the Year at the 2007 Building Awards. The judges hailed it a “phenomenal project” adding: “The way that this team tackled design changes should be a lesson to the industry on how to move forward.”
It also picked up the Major Project Award at the British Construction Industry Awards and was named Major Project of the Year at the Construction News Quality in Construction Awards.