New specialist steel manufacturer secures first contract with the expansion of Cardiff City Football Club’s East Stand.
Mabey Structures, a new business venture created by Mabey Bridge, has secured its first major contract with Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd to design, manufacture and install structural steelwork for the new East Stand Expansion of Cardiff City Stadium. The expansion will add a further 5,000 seats to the stadium’s capacity, as well as boxes and corporate hospitality facilities.
The expansion plans will see a new single tier installed that will cantilever over existing seating. The phased expansion programme will incorporate a combination of new build accommodation with various demolition and alteration works to the existing stadium’s structure. New concourse areas will be provided on two tiers with the intention of converting the lower tier into hospitality facilities at a later date.
Mabey Structures was established in September 2013 and significantly expands Mabey Bridge’s infrastructure offer to the UK and European marketplace. Led by industry veteran Jason Churcher and supported by Paul Benwell, Mabey Structures has an initial focus on design and manufacturing for stadia and the commercial sector.
Speaking about the project, Tim Outteridge, Infrastructure Director at Mabey Bridge comments:
The Mabey Structures team has been assembled from experts with particular expertise and experience in the field of structural steelwork for stadia. Building on Mabey Bridge’s heritage and capabilities, the new Mabey Structures team enjoys cutting edge facilities in both design and manufacture that puts them at the forefront of manufacturing for sports and commercial developments. We are delighted that the new business has secured this very important high profile contract. The new stadium expansion will provide Cardiff City football team with much needed extra capacity and high quality facilities and will not only further establish the Cardiff City Stadium as one of the best in the UK, but will also stand as an excellent example of the capabilities of Mabey Structures.
Work on the East Stand Expansion programme commenced on January 14, 2014, with the works expected to be completed this month, in time for the UEFA Super Cup Final to be played in August. The stadium has remained functional during the construction works, with both Cardiff City FC and Welsh National Team matches unaffected.