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Prefabricated modular components are enabling contractor Laing O'Rourke to gallop ahead with construction of the new grandstand at Royal Ascot.

Structural designer Buro Happold project leader Tim Page reckons that off-site prefabrication of nearly all the above-ground structure will deliver a six month time saving compared with conventional cast insitu concrete work. First of the £85M stand's four concrete cores is complete. These anchor the lightweight concrete post and beam concourse and terrace structure. Erection of the stand's complex steel roof trusses begins early next month. Construction started on 4 October and is due to finish at the end of this year.

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