Delivering a game changer

Television audiences around the world got a glimpse of Leeds’ sporting future during this summer’s England Test match against Pakistan at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

The £40m redevelopment of the famous old ground is taking shape and it includes the complex construction of a stand that looks overlooks both sides of the iconic sporting venue.

Emerald Headingley is home to Leeds Rhinos rugby league club and Yorkshire Country Cricket Club. It also hosts Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union games as well as Test cricket.

The redevelopment includes a replacement for the 90-year-old joint rugby and cricket ground stand.

The new combined stand now emerging from the ground will have 4,200 seats for cricket and 3,800 facing the rugby pitch.

And a new South Stand for the rugby ground will have a capacity of 7,700 with 2,200 seats.

Leading structural engineering specialist TRP Consulting is part of the team that is delivering the redevelopment. It has a strong track record of delivery on large complex building works.

TRP has been appointed to the Headingley job by Caddick Group. The new stands have been designed by DLA Architects. Construction work is being carried out by Caddick Construction.

TRP Consulting director Geoff Wilks said: “Emerald Headingley is well-known globally as a fantastic venue and this redevelopment will ensure that it continues to be the scene of great sporting dramas in the future.

“I bet there aren’t many places in the world which have constructed a new state of the art stand which looks south over a rugby field and north over a cricket field.

“The challenges are unique both from an operational point of view as far as the club is concerned, from a construction point of view as far as the contractor is concerned and from a design point of view from our side. It’s an interesting and complex scheme.”

TRP Consulting specialises in providing civil, structural and environmental engineering consultancy services.

Its structural engineers have a strong track record of delivery on large complex building works and have widespread sports and sports stadia expertise.

TRP has helped successfully deliver sporting projects across the UK, including the regeneration of Doncaster Racecourse and the creation of Arsenal FC’s training facilities.

It is currently part of the design and construction team that is delivering a new 154 room hotel at Doncaster – home of the world’s oldest ‘classic’ horse race The St Leger.

As well as leisure and sports, it has carried out work on major building and design projects for companies and organisations in sectors ranging from advanced manufacturing and aerospace to the health service.

Its clients include BAE Systems. The practice is also currently working on a number of projects for care provider Belong.

Wilks added: “The care and health sector is a strong growth area for us. We’ve seen a steady increase in work over the past few years as the need for high quality care services and accommodation for older people continues to rise.”

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