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Olympic Stadium roof hit by problems

The project to build a bigger roof for the Olympic Stadium has hit problems, the body overseeing it has admitted.

E20 Stadium, the partnership between London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council set up to manage the arena, said it had been temporarily set back by “engineering issues”.

Balfour Beatty was awarded the £41M deal to carry out works on the roof as West Ham United Football Club prepares to move in to the stadium in 2016.

An E20 Stadium spokesperson said: “We are building the world’s largest single span cantilever roof which poses some challenging engineering issues.

“This is being managed as part of our quality assurance work and won’t affect our long-term construction programme.”

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  • A bit of a sensational headline without much detail was my first impression.
    It reminds me of the Millennium Bridge debacle. It was hailed as an architectural wonder until it misbehaved then it became an engineering fault until the engineers sorted it out and then once again it became a thing of beauty and a joy to behold. My point is that engineers make things work and more to the point without too much fuss. Perhaps we should shout out our achievements instead of letting everyone else take the credit. No doubt this current problem will be solved but not in the simple way that it was conceived. The headline in my opinion should have been on the lines of: Engineers Design and Build World Largest Single Span Cantilever over Stadium.

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  • Totally nailed it there Peter. If the NCE does not get its titles right, what can we ask from the likes of Daily Mail or Metro?

    The lack of skill in industry is a consequence of lack of good advertising. That and the low wages compared to other engineering fields or the over hyped Finance sector...

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  • Sorry, but I have at STROKE, a few years ago. You cannot called it "Millennium Bridge debacle". ("Quote" the Engineer Assistant, was NOT qualify to "worry" about "sway", and he, sorry "he doushy (?) failed to see when if have gone wrong !!!)
    OK, you "design steel work" etc,. etc,. BUT !! A the "Engineer", you have to "thing about how it's is going to be PUT UP and DOWN", i.e. taking it DOWN minute(?) mean it is hardly to take it down than up. This is how I got my work !!! I used to work at a Contractor and now as a Consulting Civil & Structural Engineer (B.Sc. MICE AMIStrucE MASCE)

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