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01 August 2008

Mott MacDonald appointed engineer for new stand at Edgbaston

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Warwickshire County Cricket Club to provide all engineering services for a £30 million new 9000 seat main stand. The project is part of a major upgrade of the club and will include catering, media and press facilities, a museum, members area and new main entrance.

The new stand will replace a number of existing buildings and will occupy 25% of the pitch perimeter. It is anticipated that a development partner will build the new stand in exchange for land to accommodate a residential and hotel development.

Mott MacDonald is providing all engineering services including structural, mechanical, electrical, public health and fire engineering services. Franklin + Andrews Sports Business, Mott MacDonald’s construction economists, will provide quantity surveying services and advice on the business plan. Architects are Broadway Malyan.

Commenting on this appointment, Mott MacDonald’s stadium expert David Hooper said: “We’re delighted to be working at Edgbaston, helping to upgrade the facilities. There are a number of challenges we will have to overcome during the development including the proximity of the stand to the site boundary and a sewer and large diameter water main which runs through the ground. Structurally we’re looking at innovative solutions including the use of a composite material known as SPS for construction of the terracing. Weighing three quarters less than concrete, SPS offers savings on the size of supporting beams, columns and foundations and makes transportation and handling of terrace units easier. In addition it is more flexible and dynamically more stable.”

Planning applications will be submitted later this year with detailed design expected to begin in early 2009 and construction planned around the needs of the cricket season. Completion is scheduled for 2011.


Note to editors

Developed and manufactured by Intelligent Engineering, SPS stands for Sandwich Plate System. It consists of a polyurethane elastomer injected between two sheets of steel. The composite was developed to withstand impact by ice floes on drilling platforms in the Beaufort Sea. When Intelligent Engineering began development of the system for stadium design, Mott MacDonald carried out work to verify structural, dynamic, logistical and cost advantages, improve structural performance and draw up guidelines for the use of SPS terraces. The first use of SPS was for terraces at Royal Ascot in 2007.

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