A large spectator space at London Stadium has been protected against the elements thanks to a shared commitment by its leading contractors for sustainable development.
The new platform is part of two stands with a capacity of 7,236 seats and 106 wheelchair positions situated in the North and South of the stadium London Stadium, originally built to host the London 2012 Olympics and now home to Premier League football club, West Ham United.
The stadium was enhanced for the future thanks to worldwide suppliers of bespoke stadium structures specialist, Arena Seating. The global firm was called on to provide a brand-new viewing platform through the use of The Structure Group’s patented flooring system, with bespoke elements fabricated specifically for the intricacies of the project.
The platform is in a covered open-air space, so The Structure Group called on its long-standing partners, South East Galvanizers Ltd, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, to provide a hot dipped galvanized finish on the steelwork and components, ensuring its protection from corrosion and rust.
During the galvanizing process, the structure – which consists of steel flooring panels and a supporting leg system to form a monolithic platform – was dipped in a large bath of molten zinc at 450oc, completely coating the metal inside and out.
The benefits of galvanizing means that the steel will have a maintenance-free life of more than 70 years and the hot dip process produces a coating which is bonded metallurgically to the steel. No other coating process has this feature and, as a result, galvanized steel has by far the greatest resistance to mechanical damage during handling, storage, transport and construction.
Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd are the largest hot-dip galvanizing organisation in the UK with a history dating back over 150 years. With 14 plants strategically placed across the country, the firm offers a truly national galvanizing service.
By Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd