City of Manchester Stadium

Arup Associates, Manchester, 2002

 

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View from inside the bowl looking south from the temporary seating. The rest of the roof will be completed for football with a lower pitch and new seating 

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  • View from inside the bowl looking south from the temporary seating. The rest of the roof will be completed for football with a lower pitch and new seating    
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  • New City of Manchester Stadium – backdrop to the Commonwealth Games 2002 and home to Manchester City FC     
  • The west entrance showing one of the spiral circulation ramps. These are topped by masts which are anchored by cables with dogbone dampers and backstays     
  • The view from the box level to the open louvres lining the stadium’s roof    
  • Detail of the steep upper tier and roofline    
  • The temporary moulded seats, masts and cable-net structure    
  • the stadium’s environs are designed as an attractive ‘civic space’    
  • Level 2 concourse with fixed tables and benches. Arup Associates worked on the concourse areas to create ‘airport-like’ spaces    
  • The generous turnstile entry points    
  • Aerial view of the stadium, showing the athletics configuration and temporary north stand    
  • Site plan    
  • Seating plan (football)    
  • Roof plan (football)    
  • Seating plan (athletics)    
  • Roof plan (athletics)    
  • West-east section (football)    
  • North-south section (football)    
  • North-south section (athletics)    
  • West-east section (athletics)    

Stadium built as the focal point for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and home to Manchester City FC with a capacity of 48,500

The stadium has been designed as a landmark, with the arrow-like masts supporting the roof a visible locator from miles around. It sits in ‘Sportcity’, which includes the institute, a tennis centre, and the Faulkner Browns-designed Velodrome.

The primary roof system is made up of the 12 perimeter masts, high-strength backstay rods and spiral strand forestay and tension-ring cables. The secondary or roof plate structural system comprises box section rafters arranged radially at approximately 8 metre centres supporting rolled steel purlins which in turn support either standing seam or polycarbonate roof cladding.

Glazing in a VIP area has been lined with an anti-shatter bomb blast film, and already the security is high in the environs of the stadium, with regular patrols of mounted police.

Data

  • Begun: Oct 1999
  • Completed: Mar 2002
  • Floor area: 68,983m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £101.8M
  • Procurement: Construction management
  • Address: Rowsley Street, Manchester, M11 3FF, United Kingdom

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