Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol

Metsec’s CE marked purlins and side rails used to upgrade Execution Class 4 Ashton Gate Stadium project

Specialist structural steel manufacturer, voestalpine Metsec plc, is supporting the upgrade of Ashton Gate Stadium, which is home to Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby Club, to transform it into a state-of-the-art stadium that can hold 27,000 people. Metsec will be supplying its specialised, rolled to order, steel purlins and side rails that have been CE marked under the Construction Products Regulation in order to meet the requirements of this Execution Class 4 development.

The transformation project, which began in summer 2014, has been separated into three phases so that work can be carried out on the Wedlock, Dolman and Williams stands. Phase one saw the 86-year-old Wedlock Stand demolished and once rebuilt it will include new conference facilities, administration offices and a cafe. The second phase was the redevelopment of the Dolman Stand to showcase the stadium’s new sports bar, as well as one of the UK’s largest sports screens and a Heineken lounge that will seat 250 people. The final phase will be a complete reconstruction of the Williams Stand, which will be replaced with a two-tier stand to hold 11,000. The project is expected to cost £45 million and is set to be complete in time for the 2016/17 season.

Having already supplied purlins and side rails to phases one and two of the project, Metsec is now contracted by the design team at J&D Pierce to work on phase three. The purlins and side rails implemented throughout each phase are designed to provide optimal levels of structural performance in roof, wall and floor constructions. Metsec is still working on the final stage, which will be on-going until the project is complete.

The Ashton Gate Stadium project is Execution Class 4, which specifies the highest level of quality control required within the fabrication process. Metsec’s processes are certified up to this maximum of Execution Class 4, giving the industry absolute assurance that its construction products meet the required standards for any project, whether it’s a warehouse or a football stadium. By using products that are of this standard, Ashton Gate Stadium is confidently able to provide a venue that is safe and aligned to the European construction standard.

Andy Caldwell, Estimating Manager at J&D Pierce, commented: “For such a large scale project that is going to welcome thousands of sporting fans, it is essential that the structure of the regenerated stadium is of the highest standard. This is why we wanted Metsec on board, as we know that it is leading the way in terms of lightweight galvanised steel building systems with all its construction products being CE marked.”

Kevin Jones, Sales Director for Metsec’s Purlin Division, commented: “We understand that on every large scale construction project that is going to be hosting a large amount of people at any one time, the structure that is being implemented needs to have longevity for the performance of the stadium and also for safety of personnel. Whilst the Ashton Gate Stadium project has been underway, the stadium has remained open meaning that work being carried out has had to be managed in a way that does not affect the overall operation of the site.”

All Metsec products for use in construction are CE marked under the Construction Products Regulation, with its processes certified up to EXC4, which is the highest accreditation available. This means Metsec can deliver the required standards, regardless of the scale or bespoke nature of a project.