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Ashton Gate Rebuild: Dolman roof lifted into place

The Ashton Gate rebuild has today taken a big stride forward with the Dolman Stand roof truss successfully lifted into place.

Weighing 75 tonnes, the roof extension was built at ground level over the past few weeks before two large cranes and cherry pickers were used to lift it into place.

Bristol Sport Chairman, Martin Griffiths, said:

It’s been a big week for the stadium. Last Wednesday we saw the gap close in the South Stand and seating being fitted, now the lift of the Dolman roof truss. It was quite an incredible feat of engineering to see it slot seamlessly into place.

Fans coming to this weekend’s games at Ashton Gate will really start to get a sense of what this stadium is going to become.

The lifting of the roof truss was the most complicated part of the GBP£45m rebuild of Bristol City and Bristol Rugby’s ground so far.

Mike Henderson, Operations Manager for Barr Construction said:

Today has been a landmark event. The design has had to take in a lot of difficult parameters. From working with the existing Dolman roof to the new South Stand, we’ve had to work to tight tolerances of 10mm at each end of the truss. When you consider that it is 106 metres long and weighs 75 tonnes it’s not an easy piece of steel to slot in to place, but we are delighted to see that it has today.

Phase One consisted of the demolition and rebuild of the South Stand with Phase Two seeing the Dolman Stand remodelled to include an extended roof and new lower tier. Both phases will be complete in time for the start of the new 2015/16 season.

Phase Three will start this summer, and will see the Williams Stand demolished and replaced with a new two-tier stand that will hold 11,000 people.

Image: Panoramic general view as the huge steel truss that forms the Dolman Stand Roof Extension is hoisted into place as part of redevelopment works at Ashton Gate. Photo credit: Rogan Thomson/JMP – Mobile: 07966 386802 – 29/04/2015 – SPORT – Bristol, England – Ashton Gate Stadium.

For all the latest news on the Ashton Gate rebuild visit the Bristol Sport website.

You can also watch a video of Bristol Sport’s Chief Communications Officer, Lisa Knights, speaking to Bristol Sport Chairman, Martin Griffiths and Mike Henderson of Barr Construction, as they look around the new South Stand. Click here