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Major Project Award

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WINNER / EMIRATES STADIUM, LONDON N5
Commissioning authority: Arsenal Football Club
Principal designer: HOK Sport
Principal contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine

Award for building and civil engineering projects valued at over £50 million. Sponsored by Vinci.

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.

Leadership, vision and specification by a client well versed in the need for strong team performance saw this project succeed despite early difficulties with the funding package. Early contractor involvement and specialist input from an established supply chain played a key role.

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 wastehandling 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.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS
‘Probably the best club stadium in Europe, delivered on time despite £35 million of additional works.’

‘The stadium is of uncompromising quality which works both on a macro and micro scale.’

SHORTLIST
Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Section 2), London
Emirates Stadium, London N5
M60 Widening Junction 5-8, Warrington
King’s Cross St Pancras Underground Station

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