Ashton Gate Stadium West Stand Roof Installation

Structural Designer

J&D Pierce (Contracts) Ltd

Client Name

Ashton Gate Stadium


Bristol, England


McLaughlin & Harvey Construction


KKA Architecture


Jacobs Ltd


Ashton Gate Stadium is the home of Bristol City F.C. and Bristol Rugby, located in the south-west of the city, just south of the River Avon. The New West Stand is part of a major redevelopment of the site.

The new stand’s roof is formed from a 108m long truss weighing almost 250 tonnes spanning onto large raking tubular columns at the gable ends. The truss was assembled on the ground and lifted into place with large cranes.

Judge's comment:

Structural engineering involves construction as well design, and it is perhaps a truism that no two engineers will come up with the same solution to the same problem. In the case of the erection of the Ashton Gate stadium roof, the involvement of a 'fresh pair of eyes' with specialist knowledge of construction planning and heavy lifting techniques resulted in an alternative, safer and quicker method of working being identified. The judges were gratified to note that this approach enabled the entire roof structure to be erected in under twenty-four hours with a minimum of working at height, thus delivering significant savings of cost and time as well as ensuring a safer working environment.

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