Hotel: Millennium & Copthorne Hotel, Sheffield United FC

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Hotel Steel hotel for historic football ground Sheffield United FC’s hotel has been partially built over an existing entrance to Bramall Lane stadium. The thoroughfare needed to be kept open to the public during the construction programme and this led to the decision to use steel. Bramall Lane, the home of Sheffield United Football not adjoining - two of the ground’s stands. This Club, has seen many changes in its long and close proximity to the stadium was one of the main illustrious history. The ground has the distinction reasons why steel was chosen as the main framing of being the oldest major stadium in the world still material. hosting professional matches, with the first football Mel Risbin, Director of 3E Consulting Engineers, played on the site way back in the 1870s. explains: “There is an existing exit ramp from The famous city centre stadium started life the stadium and the hotel structure had to be however as a cricket ground and two sports shared constructed over it partly as a cantilever. Using the facilities until the 1970s, when the old pavillion concrete would have meant extensive temporary was finally demolished and the outfield built-over propping for two or three months in this area and to make way for a new stand, finally enclosing the this would have meant closing the ramp and losing football pitch. ground capacity. We suggested steel as the best The differing dimensions of cricket and football solution. pitches meant that after building over the pavillion “It was easier and quicker to design and build this the club inherited a large vacant lot of land behind part of the structure in steel. The client was then “There is an existing This area has been project for continuity.”persuaded to go with the material throughout theits new South Stand. exit ramp from the used as the main car The challenge was to keep the same grid pattern stadium and the hotel was earmarked towards Bramall Lane with one column piercing theof 3.9m centres. Mr Risbin adds: “This was achievedpark and recently structure had to be for a new stadium ramp to take the loadings and this member has been development. boxed in to form an architectural feature.” constructed over it The first part of At the rear of the cantilever section the main partly as a cantilever. this work is a 158- column is 4.65m from the outside edge of the bedroom four-star cantilever. This results in the upper cantilevers of hotel which will include executive suites, a fitness 3.9m being supported by a column, which in turn centre, restaurant and bars. When complete it will sits on a cantilevered plate girder at first floor level, be operated by Millennium & Copthorne and will be supported by a column offset by 0.75m, thereby one of Sheffield’s largest hotels. achieving the required 4.65m. The new structure is located on the corner of Adjacent to the ramp exit there is also a turnstile Bramall Lane and Cherry Street, and next to - but block which had to be incorporated into the hotel 14 NSC January 2008


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