Since SPS Terraces were first used to re-profile Ascot Racecourses’ Lower Grandstand in 2007, its use has caught on around the globe; with the past 12 months having seen the completion and commencement of some high profile projects.
SPS Terraces are prefabricated terracing or riser units used to create raked seating or standing platforms in stadia and arenas, which allows greater versatility in the architecture of the Stand than precast concrete. Their use leads to longer economic spans and more serviceable concourse spaces. The terraces are manufactured from steel and SPS in a range of tread widths, rise heights and long clear spans. They are delivered to site fully finished and are installed using conventional steel erection practices. Their performance is designed to match international stadia and building standards for structural strength and safety, audience comfort and seating unit support.
The San Jose Earthquakes’ 18,000-seat Avaya Stadium in California, USA, was opened on 27 February 2015. It incorporates over 9,000m² of SPS Terraces.
SPS and Steel Systems Engineering Inc. won the 2014 Tekla Award North America BIM category, “For coordination of fabricator and general contractor requirements, providing accurate, latest drawings and minimising workload”.
Dave Kaval, President of the San Jose Earthquakes Avaya Stadium, commented:
We congratulate you and your team on the successful installation of your SPS Terracing…(and)…thank the SPS Team for all the efforts to make the Avaya Stadium one of the best in North America. We hope that there will be future opportunities to work together in a new stadium or arena.
SPS Terraces have also been used as part of the London 2012 legacy of converting the iconic Olympic Stadium to a UEFA Category 4 Football Stadium. The lightweight SPS Terraces were selected for the cantilevered terraces in the First Class Hospitality Suite areas in the West Stand Mid-Tier. The SPS components were successfully installed on time and on budget by the end of April 2015.
April also saw project contractors, Carillion, sign off the SPS design for Liverpool Football Club’s iconic Anfield Stadium redevelopment. The SPS terraces and vomitory landings have been delivered and will be installed in time for the start of the 2016/17 EPL Season.
Currently under construction in Macau, China, is Melco Crown Entertainment’s Studio City – a cinematically-themed entertainment, retail and gaming resort. SPS is being utilised to construct terracing, wall and stage floor components of the combined 3,000-seat cinema and theatre leisure facilities.
The latest stadium under construction is a second stadia project for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) at Flushing Meadow, New York, where a 5,800-seat venue is being constructed. The Grandstand is scheduled for completion in July 2016, with SPS Terraces to be erected by November 2015.
SPS Terraces are 75% lighter than comparable precast concrete terraces, allowing a significant reduction in the weight of the structural frame and foundations. They can shorten overall construction programmes by up to 25%, because 3-4 times more SPS Terraces can be lifted per hoist, than precast concrete units.