The Resorts World Arena at The NEC, Birmingham was redesigned, enlarged and completely refitted in 2009. The total capacity increased to 16,000 with the addition of 8,000 permanent seats – 4,200m² of SPS was installed.
DLA designed the arena to be reconfigurable to suit a diverse range of events and shows.
Construct Stadia used SPS terraces, which require fewer supporting columns, to create more space for concessions and services below the new stands. The permanent terracing and seating was ordered, delivered and installed in
Being light in weight, SPS terraces were lifted into position using a vacuum lift in the confined space with restricted crane access. All the structural connections used standard steel detailing. The aisle steps were light enough to be lifted into place manually, and a rail mounted seating system was used to accelerate the installation of the seats.
”“Using SPS terraces helped to ensure that our new arena was ready for the start of our season, the Horse of the Year show, in October and has created more space for concessions and services under the new stands.”Phil MeadManaging Director of Arenas at The NEC Group
With a second expansion scheme of the arena planned for 2022, it is expected that SPS will again play a vital part in further rejuvenation having stood the test of time and hundreds of thousands of visitors.