Commissioning authority: Arsenal Football Club
Principal designer: HOK Sport
Principal contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
This historic project to create a new £275 million home for Arsenal FC in north London is a textbook example of how to deliver a construction project that meets the client’s needs.
The construction and design team created a superb 60,000-seat stadium and delivered it to the client on time and to budget. After just a year in service, the Emirates Stadium is already known as one of Europe’s finest sporting arenas.
Two 204m-span trusses, each weighing 720 tonnes, support the stadium roof and were assembled on site in two halves so that construction of the stadium bowl could continue unhindered. The resulting roof structure gives unobstructed views of the pitch from every seat.
The project included the creation of a new waste-handling centre, plus access roads and two pedestrian footbridges across the busy adjacent railways.
Despite £35 million of extra works, the project was still completed two weeks early. On the strength of this success, the construction team was awarded an additional £200 million contract to redevelop the site of Arsenal’s old Highbury ground.
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