Work is set to begin on the concrete foundations that will support the west stand Of Everton’s new £500 million stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool.
The first of the concrete ground floor slabs will be poured in the coming days, as work commences on the main stands following the initial pre-build of the four cores in each corner.
The erection of the four tower cranes has been timed to tie-in with the super-structure being built on the west and east sides of the stadium.
This is predominantly comprised of precast concrete components which are manufactured off site, transported to Bramley-Moore Dock and then assembled by Laing O’Rourke’s specialist team.
These building blocks arrive on site in a pre-determined order and are effectively slotted together above the concrete foundations, utilising 3D modelling.
And with the steelwork continuing to be knitted together on the north stand and emerging on the southern elevation - which will eventually form one continuous stand and house approximately 13,000 Everton fans - raker beams that will support the concrete terracing within the bowl are now visible for the first time.
A total of 3,400 terracing units, which will eventually sit on these raker beams to form the internal bowl lining, are being manufactured in Ireland by Laing O’Rourke’s supply chain partner, Banagher Precast, and will be delivered by ship to Liverpool docks, a short distance from the project site.
PSAM editor John Sheehan caught up with Yves De Cocker, Managing Director of PitchTecConcept, who explains how his company bridges the gap between sports organisations and the technology used in the playing surface industry.
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The interview covers:
Yves 20+ years industry leading experience in the evolution of hybrid grass, trends he has noticed and some of the notable projects he has been involved with
The key reasons for Yves launching PitchTecConcept
Common mistakes often made with playing surface management
The steps he offers as a bridge between the industry and the end user
Advice to clubs looking to maximise their event calendars without compromising on the performance of their playing surface