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Steel makes a stand at Edgbaston

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Metsec lightweight steel framing products have been used on the new stand at Edgbaston Cricket Ground to create accommodation for catering facilities and provide support for aesthetic fin walls.

Part of the £30M redevelopment of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, the new stand will provide seating for some 8,250 spectators as well as providing hospitality and media facilities.

Needing to provide a bar and catering concession on one of the new stand’s curved upper terraces, contractors Galliford Try opted for Metsec’s SFS lightweight steel framing system.

The system provides the necessary column-free openings of up to 8m in an area which will be subject to large volumes of spectators during peak periods.

At street level, the main entrance is protected by the overhanging structure of the stand itself, supported by four structural columns housed behind fin-shaped, cladded box sections, the unusual shape adding to the stand’s aesthetic appeal. In this area, Metsec SFS was chosen as it has the strength required to withstand crowd pressures as spectators enter and exit the ground.

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