Gerrards Cross, UK -- The 14 000 capacity LG Arena the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK, is undergoing a complete refit. As part of this modernisation, new, permanent terracing for 8000 seats is being designed and installed by Construct Stadia in just twelve weeks, using SPS Terraces.
SPS Terraces, made using steel/polyurethane elastomer sandwich elements, are so light in weight that several units can be lifted per hoist, even in a relatively confined space with restricted crane access, said a 23 July statement from SPS (sandwich plate system) developer Intelligent Engineering of Gerrards Cross, UK.
IE also points out that, once in position, SPS Terraces are easy to secure and fit-out because much of the preparation has been done during manufacture. All structural connections use standard steel detailing, the step inserts are light enough to be lifted into place manually, and a rail-mounted seating system will be used to accelerate the installation of the seats, the company added.
As Phil Mead, managing director of Arenas at The NEC Group, commented, "We want the LG Arena to set the standard for entertainment venues in the UK, and the nature of the fixed seating structure is a critical element in the success of this vision. When we were looking for a permanent solution that could be built quickly, Construct Stadia introduced us to SPS. Using SPS Terraces has meant that we will have the new arena ready for the start of our opening season in October, and has created more space for concessions and services under the new stands."
Construct Stadia and Intelligent Engineering are working together to design and deliver the new permanent stands to the NEC.
"Compared to the alternatives, SPS Terraces are faster and easier to install, keeping construction time to a minimum, which is essential on this project," said Guy Turner, Intelligent Engineering business unit director.
Ken Owen, managing director of Construct Stadia, who designed the steel structure and is installing the terraces, said "We are working closely with Intelligent Engineering, the company that developed SPS Terraces, to deliver these new permanent stands for the LG Arena. The building of the new structure is underway and the first SPS Terraces are being installed this month."
PIC: SPS Terraces were also used in the O2 arena in Dublin last year.