Most modern stadia are constructed using steel structures with precast concrete to form the terracing, walling, stairs and circulation areas.
Concrete framed structures comprising beams, columns, walls, floors, stairs and other elements can be used for a wide variety of applications including multi-storey car parks, retail and leisure developments, offices, schools, hospitals, hotels, stadia, sports facilities, student accommodation and residential blocks.
The Kia Oval – Kennington
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Concrete & Steel Stadium Construction Materials
These structures can be built entirely from precast concrete but more commonly will be of hybrid construction comprising in-situ concrete or steel elements together with precast components.
Concrete Walkways & Balconies
Walkways are designed for spectator movement in between and at the bottom of the terracing.
We design and supply the concrete walkways along with balconies, balcony walls and a variety of other ‘special’ units for areas such as disabled access and seating, to be installed at the same time as the other terracing elements.
These units are often one-off shapes and sizes which Milbank’s manufacturing facility can easily produce to your requirements.
Stadia construction consists not only of terracing, but also large areas of flooring in the circulation routes, accommodation and office spaces as well as restaurants and corporate boxes. These floor areas have to be designed to take high loads – a task ideally suited to hollowcore units.
Milbank are the leading hollowcore flooring producer in the South East of England with a factory dedicated to the manufacture of prestressed products. Milbank have a separate production facility for the production of all Stadium Products.
Raker Beams & other Beams
The purpose of raker beams is to provide support for standard terrace units. Horizontal beams perform the same function but for vertical terrace units.
Precast concrete raker beams span between columns which are at regular intervals (generally producing 7-8m bays) along the length of a stand on a typical stadium.
The standard terrace units are then installed, spanning from one raker beam to the next, to provide the seating area. Raker beams are generally long span beams (depending on the size and scale of the stadium) and can be cast up to 30m long. These beams come from individually fabricated steel moulds and are cast to give a fair face finish on both sides.
Vomitory Walls & other Stadium Walls
Vomitories allow for safe movement of spectators between seating areas and the concourse beneath the terraces. To create a Vomitory, precast concrete walls and stair units are built in combination to create access to and from the seating area.
The Vomitory Stadium Walls are either supported on the frame or the concourse floor and can provide support to adjacent terrace and walkway units.
Milbank also offer other precast concrete wall panels for the concourse areas, pitch side wall panels, cladding panels etc.
Precast Concrete Hockey Stadiums
Along with some of the UK’s most popular football and cricket stadiums, our production capabilities allow us to design, manufacture and install a variety of structural precast concrete components for a range of other sporting applications such as hockey.
Our involvement within the UK hockey community has allowed us to work on some of the most exciting and well known projects, such as the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (London 2010 Olympics) and a range of local projects for schools and sports centres.
Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre is located on a part of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park known as Eton Manor, which during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games staged the Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Competition. The primary hockey pitch has a capacity of 3,000 which can be increased to 15,000 for major events.