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Curved Tata Steel shell provides the finishing touch at major new cricket stand

25 July 2012 No Comment

The stunning new £32 million Pavilion Stand at Edgbaston Cricket Ground elevates the famous Birmingham venue to
England’s second largest cricket stadium. Only Lord’s is bigger.

This world-class facility includes a conference and 750-seater banqueting suite, improved visitor amenities and extended ground capacity to 25,000 spectators, seating 8,250, compared to the 5,000 accommodated in the previous stand.

The Pavilion Stand’s premium hospitality lounge is called the Jaguar Club, after the luxury car maker signed a new multi-year sponsorship agreement with Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

Executive boxes, located on the third tier, offer superior viewing and private balcony seating.

History of the ground is given great prominence, occupying the first floor of the stand with 14 zones for visitors replacing the club museum.

An impressive curved external shell, on the Edgbaston Road side of the ground, hangs over the entrance. This provides extra space for a revamped players’ rooms and gym, a members’ lounge and The 1882 Club, named after the year the club was formed.

The shell features over 4000m2 of the Tata Steel 42/960 sinsusoidal profile, installed horizontally in a highly-attractive Metallic Silver (RAL 9006) abrasion-resistant surface (ARS) coated aluminium finish, plus 0.4mm Tata Steel LP1000 Liner in Brilliant White, sandwiching a rock-fibre insulation layer to achieve current standards.

Northampton-based installation contractor Deane Roofing & Cladding Limited carried out the relatively complex wall cladding installation on the Pavilion Stand.

The 42/960 sheets were supplied in a wide range of lengths, getting progressively wider towards the centre of the wall, to assist curving in sections.

A series of secret gutters were positioned along each grid line, as part of a range of measures designed to ensure adequate rainwater drainage of the striking external facade.

Reflecting on the performance of Tata Steel 42/960 on the project, Paul Deane, of Deane Roofing & Cladding Limited, commented: “We found it to be a superb product.

“There was no variance in manufacturing quality and the profiles were extremely consistent.

“We were therefore easily able to achieve the critical overlapping of sheets on a very complex and ambitious wall cladding design.”

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