Winner 2016

Award for
The award for Sports or Leisure Structures

Project Description

A project to expand Manchester City Football Club’s stadium with a new South Stand. After all phases of the expansion project have been completed the stadium will have a capacity of approximately 61,000, making it the second largest in the UK. Engineers were required to modify an existing cable-net roof with complex geometry and load-paths while providing continued rain protection to fans. 85% of materials used for the expansion were locally procured.

Judge’s comments

A most impressive response to tricky engineering challenges that resulted in a stadium expansion with minimal spectator disruption and a complementary architectural form. A clever and seamless intervention in a geometrically complex cable net structure.

Project overview

Structural Designer

  • BuroHappold Engineering

Client Name

  • Manchester City Football Club


  • Manchester, UK


  • Populous

Principal Contractor

  • Laing O'Rourke

Year Submitted

  • 2016

Submitted By

  • BuroHappold Engineering