Tottenham Hotspur FC wins IStructE Supreme Award
The team behind Tottenham Hotspur FC’s new stadium are celebrating as the project was awarded the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence at the Structural Awards 2019.
Called ‘the finest example of excellence in structural engineering design’ by the judges, the project was chosen from the winners of the twelve principal awards categories. The new stadium also won The Award for Long Span Structures, a prize given for ‘structural engineering excellence in buildings (not bridges) incorporating particularly long spans, relative to the proportions of the structure’.
Tottenham Hotspur FC’s new 62,062-seater stadium in north London is unlike any other in the world. It features a natural turf pitch that can be retracted to reveal an artificial playing surface to enable American football (NFL) games to be played, and concerts and other events to be hosted at the venue.
The stadium bowl’s most distinctive feature is its 17,500-capacity South Stand – the largest single-tier stand in the UK – which the stadium’s architect, Populous, says will enable the home fans to create a ‘wall of sound’. It is supported on two giant, tree-like columns, beneath which is a food and drinks hall containing what is claimed to be Europe’s longest bar, at 65m.