Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 748 High Road, Tottenham, London N17 0AP

THFC Stadium Headline Facts:

813 reconstructed stone panels, covering 3,492 square meters.

Contractor : Mace

Architect : Populous

The Finer Details:

Tottenham Hotspur’s new 62,000-capacity stadium in north London has made wide use of precast concrete – including creation of the football club’s famous crest and motto.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s new stadium set a new benchmark for sporting arenas in the UK, and the construction work was also of the highest quality.

The 62,000-seater venue in north London, the largest club stadium in the capital, is designed to be multi-purpose and features the world’s first dividing, retractable football pitch, which reveals a synthetic turf pitch underneath for NFL London Games, concerts, and other events.

Designed by specialist stadium architects Populous, with construction management handled by Mace, work on the project got under way in 2015.

Precast concrete has been used widely, including the terrace sections in the seating bowl, vomitories, stairways, concourse, and external areas, as well as spectacular visual signatures of the football club’s identity.

Tottenham’s famous crest, a cockerel standing on a football, and the Latin motto ‘Audere Est Facere’ – ‘To Dare is To Do’ – were created as giant architectural precast panels by Techrete and are visible inside the concourse areas under the seating bowl.

Bespoke moulds were designed for the precast letters. The 27 Tottenham lettering panels measured 2,000mm in length and 2,200mm in width, and each weighed a tonne.  

Urbanest (T6)

Urbanest, Canal Reach, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BD

Urbanest, Kings Cross Headline Facts:

1,000 reconstructed stone panels, covering 8,000 square meters.

Contractor : Mansells (Balfour Beatty)

Architect : Glenn Howells

The Finer Details :

This 26 storey student accommodation dominates the Kings Cross skyline. Techrete designed, built and installed, 1,000 precast panels covering 8,000 sq m of the facade. The lower levels, in a dark acid etched grey, are complemented by the Portland look-a-like, with two varying depths of a grit blasted finish to the panels at the upper levels.

The installation of the precast took only 34 weeks. The overall construction time was reduced as the installation of the panels (using a telescopic crawler crane) allowed an earlier site start date, whilst the reinforced concrete frame was still under construction. The downgrading of cranage due to the proximity of the Channel Tunnel Railway Line (CTRL) on the northern boundary of the site was an added constraint for the project. A monorail was required for the installation of the panels on the north elevation immediately adjacent to the boundary fence of the CTRL. This was also undertaken whilst the frame was being constructed above.