set at 23 ft 3 in centres, each frame being assembled from
eight pieces. The floor support members, in the shape of deep
channel sections, were also pressed from steel plate. The stand
is of two-level layout, main floor levels being 14 ft and 25 ft
rising to 36 ft above ground with the roof at a height of 49 ft,
falling to 2 ft 5 in to a pressed steel gutter at the rear. A glazed
screen protects spectators in the upper portion of the stand.
The main frames were designed with moment connections to
transmit the wind loads and asymmetric vertical loading. All
moment connections were made with high strength friction
Gutters at the front of the stand are in fact the front deck
pressings, butt welded at all joints and with sumps connected
to galvanized steel down pipes. Galvanized gutters at the rear
are pressed out from ¼-in thick plate. In order to maintain the
very popular spectator and refreshment facilities that existed
in front of the old tavern, a large ramped spectator concourse
served by a 92 ft run of bar is sited in its original position. A
similar but smaller concourse and bar are also being provided
for Members, all this accommodation being at ground level.
The very large spans over the first floor reception and dining
rooms of the Tavern made it more economical to use steel
for the roof construction though the main structure was of
This took the form of lattice girders spanning over 70 ft which
cantilever 12 ft beyond the outer columns on one side of the
building. The concrete first floor also projects 12 ft beyond
the columns and is in fact suspended from the ends of the
cantilever roof girders by ¾ in square solid steel roods. This
unusual roof construction is expressed in the design with the
large roof girders clad in ribbed metal sheeting.
Architects for the New Tavern, Stand and Flats – Louis de
Soissons, Peacock, Hodges, Robertson & Fraser. Consulting
Engineers for the Stand – R T James & Partners.
The elegance of the
design at the rear of
the new stand.
A close-up view of the
new stand showing
also the terraced
decking in course of
construction. The use
of 5/16 in thick steel
plate for the decking
is an unusual feature.