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Tata Steel hits Edgbaston for six with new £32m extension

9 January 2013 No Comment

Tata Steel has scored a good innings with its latest sports stadium project, the £32m extension of Edgbaston cricket ground, Birmingham, for Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

The addition of the new Pavilion Stand, which features world-class conference facilities and a banqueting suite, means the ground is now the second-largest cricket stadium in England with a 25,000 capacity, second only in size to Lords.

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Stunning, three-tier curved stand

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The stunning, three-tier curved stand, created by AFL Architects, needed a cladding which would enhance its futuristic design. And so Tata Steel 42/960 sinusodial profile in shimmering Metallic Silver was chosen by Northampton-based installation contractor Deane Roofing and Cladding Limited to envelop the building, combined with Tata Steel’s 0.4mm LP1000 Liner in Brilliant White for contrast.

Steel sheets that curve in line with the building

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Over 4,000 m2 of the Metallic Silver profile was used as horizontal cladding for the project, which had unique challenges simply because of its ambitious and complex design. The steel sheets had to curve in line with the building, and so Tata Steel provided the sheets in different, gradually-widening lengths to create the sleek, fluid lines. Hidden gutters within the installation ensure adequate rainwater drainage from the abrasion-resistant, coated-aluminium surface.

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And whilst visitors and cricket fans will undoubtedly be impressed with their view of the new addition, beneath the sleek shell is just as striking. Inside it offers a premium experience, with a new premier lounge from team sponsors Jaguar, luxury executive boxes with private balconies, new revamped players’ rooms and gym and a members lounge.

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But whilst the club looks to its future, its past has been honoured with the entire first floor of the new stand devoted to its history, with 14 visitor zones replacing the previous museum. There’s even a new 1882 Club named after the year the club was formed.

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With a new stand as impressive as this, Warwickshire County Cricket Club will undoubtedly continue its run as one of the leading teams in English county cricket.

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