GKR Scaffolding has been designing access solutions for this high profile project since April 2016 - from the demolition of the old stadium, right through to rebuilding the new.
Solving Complex problems by design
The stadium was still in use during phase one of the work, but the original staircases were being removed during the demolition of the North East corner. Therefore access was required into the East and North stands on match days for supporters to use. GKR developed a design with THFC, Mace and architects to create 2 Layher staircases to safely maintain access into and out of the stadium in these locations. GKR also built low-level gantries with crowd loaded hoardings to allow for the flow of the crowd to and from the stadium at peak times.
When designing the Layher staircases GKR had a limited footprint to work with due to encroaching on planned construction works and the highway.
The staircases had to be designed to take a 5kn/ m2 load on every level at any one time and meet the stadia green guide for clear access routes.
The North staircase is the largest single staircase structure in the UK installed using the Layher system. Its footprint is 14m long x 13m wide x 17m high.
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