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West Ham Stadium, London


Non-Conductive, Anti-Slip Flooring and Walkways | Case Study

Project: London Stadium, home of West Ham United, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Client: Arena Group

London Stadium is a multi-purpose outdoor stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the Stratford district of London which currently serves as the home of West Ham United in the UK Premier League. In 2020, Arena Events Group PLC was awarded a contract to develop new seating systems in the north and south of the stadium. The objective of the project was to deliver two new lower tier stands bringing 6,000 fans up to four metres closer to the pitch than the current system allowed.

Arena Events Group chose Dura Composites to supply the tiered structure stadium decking for the seating and platform areas, manufactured from our high quality and corrosion-resistant Glass Reinforced Polymer (GRP) Dura Slab 40 and 20 products which provided an anti-slip, fire-tested and load-tested alternative to the Buffalo® Board and traditional plywood used previously.

Dura Composites’ ability to be able to meet a range of stringent test requirements including flare resistance tests and FEA analysis made us the ideal choice for this high profile project which not only allows for future changes to seating configurations, but also improves access to amenities on the concourse.

The two types of Dura Slab used on this project are precision engineered GRP structural flooring systems that provide an incredible strength to weight ratio. High strength fibreglass composite is pultruded in one mass to produce a consistent quality flooring structure that is also non-corrosive, chemically resistant – and has an anti-slip walking surface.

A Bespoke Product Developed to Meet Existing Stadium Design

The project at London Stadium required a seating deck that was able to meet the rebate requirements of the client’s existing aluminium edge profiles used to the form the seating structure. Thanks to Dura Composites’ extensive in-house CAD and Structural Engineering resource, we were able to design a bespoke GRP slab product (Dura Slab 20) that could integrate easily with the existing system with minimal disruption, whilst also meeting the required health and safety criteria. Dura Slab 20 was used throughout the seating structures, whilst our standard range product Dura Slab 40 was used in the concourse and landing areas. The new stands were also designed to be compatible with rail seating, to allow them to be adapted in future, should there be any changes to Premier League guidelines on safe standing.

Speaking about the project at London Stadium, Greg Lawless, CEO of Arena Group commented:

We are pleased to have been able to provide a truly flexible seating solution that enhances the legacy of the London Stadium. Our goal for the floor covering was to deliver a long-lasting solution that met our stringent requirements in terms of anti-slip performance, resistance to flares and load testing.

 

We were pleased with the Dura Composites team’s ability to develop the bespoke Dura Slab 20 product to integrate seamlessly with our existing aluminium profiles to ensure hassle-free install with minimum disruption and its great to work with partners who share our innovation focus to deliver value-enhancing solution to our customers.

Extensive Testing for Maximum Reassurance

Dura Composites’ advanced composite materials offer vast benefits including a superb strength to weight ratio, are lightweight non-corrosive, non-conductive and a ensure a low maintenance lifecycle. In this project, our high-specification composition was rigorously tested to meet the needs of a wide range of assessment criteria including:

  • Fire Testing to BS476 Part 7 Class 1
  • Fire Testing to EN13501 Bfl-S1
  • Anti-slip testing
  • Flare Resistance tests
  • Point Load Live Tests
  • Pre & Post Flare Test Exposure
  • Hot Nut Test to BS4790
  • FEA Design Analysis

If you have a project which requires technical support with load criteria or other parameters for seating areas, landing, concourses or decks, we have a comprehensive range of load testing information available to help you make decisions based on real data to ensure maximum safety for your project.

Dura Slab Structural Flooring Panels

Dura Slab is a precision-engineered heavy duty structural flooring slab designed to replace heavy concrete and steel.

Its lightweight design dramatically reduces the cost of installation, maintenance and transport. Panels can be fitted with in-built lifting eyes, making them easy to deploy, without compromising on strength and safety.

Applications for Dura Slab include trench covers, gully covers, industrial flooring, work platforms, tank covers, drawpit covers, commercial decking, landings, bridge decking and mezzanine flooring.

  • Easily lifted for access
  • Anti-slip surface
  • Long low maintenance design life
  • Fire-rated & non conductive
  • Corrosion & impact resistant

Dura Slab 20mm

  • Xtra Light Duty

Dura Slab 30mm

  • Xtra Light Duty

Dura Slab 40mm

  • Xtra Light Duty

Dura Slab 40mm

  • Light Duty

Dura Slab 45mm

  • Light Duty
  • 725 x 3660 mm
  • Panel weight: 64 kg
  • EN 124 Load Class: A

Dura Slab 50mm

  • Medium Duty
  • 500 x 3660 mm
  • Panel weight: 63 kg
  • EN 124 Load Class: B

Dura Slab 75mm

  • Heavy Duty
  • 650 x 3800 mm
  • Panel weight: 148 kg
  • EN 124 Load Class: C

Dura Slab 100mm

  • Heavy Duty
  • 650 x 2800 mm
  • Panel weight: 143 kg
  • EN 124 Load Class: D

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