Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

London, UK

This project saw Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s stadium at White Hart Lane replaced by a world class UEFA/FIFA compliant arena. Buro Happold provided multidisciplinary services from concept through to completion.

The new stadium increases spectator capacity from 36,240 to 62,062 and provides Tottenham Hotspur FC with a state of the art facility designed to support football matches, NFL games, music concerts. As well as private events such as conferences and banquets.

Providing an exceptional fan experience, the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium is a realisation of the club’s grand vision. Image: Buro Happold


Our client is keen to minimise the impact of the work on fans and also preserve its vital revenue stream, so at the forefront of our mind is finding ways to ensure the old stadium can remain in use throughout the duration of this project. To fulfil this requirement, and at the same time deliver a flexible sport and entertainment arena, we devised an innovative retractable pitch which could be constructed in stages so as not to disrupt day to day operations, but which in itself posed a number of complex and unprecedented challenges.

Buro Happold has been there from the start and have always been willing to go the extra mile to ensure we delivered a cutting-edge world-class Stadium. They were particularly helpful dealing with the complex group of stakeholders & managing the interfaces that such a complex project inevitably demands.

Andrew Downes, Project Manager, Tottenham Hotspur Football & Athletic Co Ltd

A pair of vast “trees” provides an elegant solution for transferring the huge loads associated with the single-tier South Stand over the sliding pitch below.


Our engineers liaised closely with the club and wider design team to phase work on the stadium to minimise impact on the fans as much as possible. The concept we developed for the sliding pitch will aid this no end, as it allows for the main 17,500 seat stand – the largest of its kind in the UK – to remain in operation throughout the duration of the work.

Our pioneering retractable pitch design ensures Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is a highly flexible sports and entertainment venue. Image: Buro Happold

Key members of the design team visited stadia across the world so that they could study previous sliding pitch designs and ascertain how these could be modified and improved for use in this project. Our engineers used this research to help inform their subsequent feasibility studies of the grounds at White Hart Lane, developing a pioneering solution by which the pitch will split into three sections before retracting below the stands.

This is an impressive stadium containing many dramatic long span solutions. The attention to detail throughout is exemplary and is an excellent showcase for the structural engineer’s art.

Judge’s comment, The Institution of Structural Engineers Structural Awards 2019
inside tottenham hotspur new stadium wide angle
Successful construction of this landmark venue has been made possible by our team’s determination to overcome a series of challenges while maintaining design intent. Image: Buro Happold


This project is the perfect example of Buro Happold’s ability to think laterally to find solutions for sport and entertainment venues that work for our client. Not only does the new Tottenham Hotspur FC stadium offer fans a better experience and increase profitability for our client, the design has proved so inspiring it has catalysed a wider regeneration scheme across Haringey so that the surrounding area can better support this incredible venue.

There’s a strength of relationship between Populous and Buro Happold, it’s not just transactional. I do see the relationship as being in partnership, it’s the best way to work. There are clear elements of trust and honesty between us which is important.

Tom Jones, Senior Principal at Populous



mondo*dr Stadium of the Year


The Institution of Structural Engineers, Supreme Award for Engineering Excellence: Winner


BCSA Steelwork Design Awards: Project of the Year


Building Magazine Project of the Year

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