Caunton carried out the detail engineering, fabrication and erection of the steelwork package to produce this new three tier stand capable of 4,500 spectators.
This is the first three-tier cricket stand in the UK and was specially designed to incorporate a tier of executive hospitality boxes.
One of the main features of this structure is the steel supporting columns. These are hollow sections filled with concrete to ensure fire resistance but also maintaining the circular profile of columns. It is features such as this that have contributed to the overall success of this project.
With clever use of the 3D model (BIM) and the symmetrical nature of the building only half of the structure was fully detailed. By utilising features within the building modelling software the structure was mirrored about its central axis and ‘re-connected’.
Caunton completed the steel erection two weeks ahead of schedule enabling the stand to be open for the test match against South Africa in the summer of 1998.