Cross-Barr challenge: stadium benefits from roof extension

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BARR Construction has taken a huge stride forward with the Ashton Gate rebuild successfully lifting the 106m Dolman Stand roof truss into place.

Weighing 75 tonnes, the roof extension was built at ground level before two 200 tonnes cranes were used to lift the steel truss into place.

The lifting of the roof truss is one of the most complicated aspects of the £45 million rebuild of Bristol City and Bristol Rugby’s ground to-date.

Mike Henderson, operations manager for Barr Construction said, “The design has had to take in a lot of difficult parameters.

“From working with the existing Dolman roof to the new South Stand, we’ve had to work to tight tolerances of 10mm at each end of the truss.

“When you consider that it is 106 metres long and weighs 75 tonnes it’s not an easy piece of steel to slot in to place, but it was a momentous occasion to see that it has.”

Bristol Sport chairman, Martin Griffiths said, “It was quite an incredible feat of engineering to see it slot seamlessly into place.”

Barr has been on site since July last year. Phase One consisted of the demolition and rebuild of the South Stand with Phase Two seeing the Dolman Stand remodelled to include an extended roof and new lower tier. Phase Three will start this summer and see the Williams stand demolished and replaced with a two-tier stand that will hold 11,000 people.