PCE retrospective – 1993:
Leicester City’s new main stand
One of the first major football spectator stands to be built following the tragedies of the Bradford City Fire in 1985 and the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 was the new main stand, known as the Carling Stand, for Leicester City Football Club at their Filbert Street Ground which they had occupied since 1891.
The Carling Stand was designed to meet the requirements and recommendations of both the Popplewell Inquiry, resulting from the Bradford City Fire, and the Taylor Inquiry following the Hillsborough tragedy, and would provide Leicester City with a new 9,500 seated spectator stand including 28 executive boxes and other new corporate facilities.
Hybrid steel and concrete structure
PCE Ltd was appointed to erect the Hybrid steel and concrete structure including all of the precast components, i.e. terracing units, walls, stairs and vomitory units. PCE’s expertise on fixing, grouting and waterproof sealing between the units was called upon during the design process to ensure that the finished structure performed as required and many of the details arrived at became standard on the many sporting spectator stands subsequently built.
Following demolition of the old main stand in the summer of 1992, the new £6 million Carling Stand was constructed in just over a year by Main Contractor Sir Robert McAlpine with the use of offsite manufacture and just in time delivery programming by PCE for the being a major contributor to the speed of the structures construction in only just over 9 weeks.
Eight years later Leicester City FC left their Filbert Street home after 111 years for a new purpose built stadium which resulted in the Carling Stand being demolished only 9 years after its completion, making it one of the best and most expensive stands to be demolished in modern times.
Following construction of the Carling Stand PCE’s expertise was called on for many more spectator stands and terracing projects, including PCE being responsible for the erection of all of the precast concrete elements for the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium.
Terrace type units
PCE’s Design, Manufacture and Construct hybrid structural frame solution for the new Kingston University London Town House project in Surrey, PCE have designed, provided and installed terrace type units for the auditorium in late 2017.
Whilst the Carling Stand was short-lived the relationship with Sir Robert McAlpine continues 25 years later with PCE providing their Hybrid Design, Manufacture and Construct approach on two contracts for Main Contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, the new Headquarters Building for CEF Ltd in Sunderland during 2017 and Chapel Wharf in Manchester where 995 new residential apartments are being built in 4 towers from 13 to 23 storeys.
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