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WHUFC Ground Development, England, UK: Football Club Arena Wrap News – Architecture
23 Mar 2016
West Ham United Stadium Wrap
Stunning New West Ham Stadium wrap design revealed
West Ham United confirm that a planning application has been submitted by E20 LLP for a spectacular wrap solution for the former Olympic Stadium, which, if approved, “promises to set a new benchmark in world stadia”.
The Club and its stadium partners have worked with leading digital experts to develop an optimum solution that would revolutionise the exterior of the Stadium. It would see the largest digital screens in Europe, measuring a massive 83m by 12m, installed on the outside of the Stadium.
If approved, the new installation will provide immense benefit to all partners of the Stadium, enabling events throughout the year, including West Ham United matches, to have a highly-visible, cutting edge digital platform for content, information and promotional material, all in HD.
For West Ham matches, Hammers fans will be able to enjoy clips of their heroes as they make their approach to the world-famous venue they will call home from August.
And crucial to that end, the screens would be designed to respond to different brightness settings, meaning definition remains at an optimum level for day or night games in any weather condition.
The exciting new plans – which replace the previously submitted application – also include including prominent, Olympic legacy-inspired Claret and Blue shards and the Club’s crest and colours, in addition to branding and advertising. This is key to the Club’s absolute commitment to ensuring the Stadium looks and feels like the unmistakable home of West Ham United.
Now that the above proposal has been submitted for consideration, West Ham United and its Stadium partners will be working hard with the planning authority to reach an agreeable outcome. A response is expected within the next eight weeks, to allow installation to take place between May and July.
Capacity: 54,000, 4th highest in England by 2016
16 Mar 2016
West Ham United Stadium Building Construction
Construction Progress on New West Ham Ground
Following the installation of claret seats, the Hammers’ world-class playing surface is now beginning to take shape in readiness for the big 2016/17 kick-off in August.
The pitch comprises of both artificial fibres – Desso Grassmaster –and natural grass, with the former already being sewn into what is to become a pristine new Premier League surface.
The turf, however, will only be in its final football-ready state after the completion of this summer’s athletics and musical events at the former Olympic Stadium.
As the Club’s moving-in date draws ever closer, supporters can look forward to more regular updates like this on whufc.com in the coming weeks and months.
New West Ham Stadium design & features
The venue that hosted the 2012 Games is being transformed into a UEFA Category 4 Stadium – the highest possible classification – ready to become West Ham United’s stunning new home from August 2016.
By the time the Stadium transformation is complete, 5,000 people will have worked a total of 2 million hours on the project. The peak workforce will see 500 people on site, with more than 30 apprentices recruited from the local area.
Every change the Stadium is undergoing in that multi-million pound project has been designed with West Ham’s fans and football team in mind:
– The Stadium’s 54,000 capacity will be the fourth highest in England by 2016, raising West Ham’s potential home attendance over a Barclays Premier League season from 670,000 to more than a million;
– The sightlines have been designed by the same architects responsible for Wembley Stadium and The Emirates, offering incredible, unobstructed views of the action from every seat in the Stadium;
– A ground-breaking retractable seating solution will be used to cover the Athletics track when the Stadium is in football mode, with 21,000 retractable seats bringing supporters as close as possible to the action;
– There will be 253 wheelchair user accessible viewing spaces and 540 easy access seats, when the Stadium is in football mode;
– The record-breaking new roof, the largest of its kind in the world, will cover every seat in the Stadium, and its special acoustic design will allow Hammers fans to create a cauldron of noise on matchdays;
– The 490 lamps from the floodlights used for the 2012 Games are being removed and re-installed underneath the new roof, providing incredible illumination to the field of play;
– The pitch will be 5 metres longer and 4 metres wider than the Boleyn Ground, identical to the size of Wembley, The Emirates and Old Trafford, and made for the exciting, passing football Hammers fans want to see;
– State-of-the-art Desso technology will be used to create a resilient and attractive playing surface in all weathers, designed to stand up to the rigours of the Stadium’s multi-use functions;
– The changing room facilities have been designed in consultation with West Ham’s coaching staff, boasting the very best in sports science technology and an 80 per cent increase in floorspace compared to the Boleyn Ground;
– The Stadium will house 35 catering outlets for supporters, double the number currently on offer at the Boleyn Ground, as well as almost 1,000 toilets, compared to 283 at the Boleyn;
– In the Stadium’s West Stand, Club London – our new suite of West Ham-themed lounges, restaurants, private boxes and bars – will host 3,600 members, and set a new benchmark for hospitality facilities in world football;
– At the south end of the new Stadium, a new Club megastore and dedicated West Ham ticket office will be available for Hammers fans on matchdays and throughout the week;
– At the Stadium’s north end, Champions Place will be a new landscaped landmark for Hammers to visit before the game, featuring the Champions Statue, and dedicated sections for different West Ham legends;
– For those fans wanting to make their own mark in history, Champions Place will also feature personalised message stones in the different legends’ sections so that your names can be immortalised alongside theirs.
With all these features, the magnificent, world-famous Stadium will be designed both inside and out to look unmistakably like West Ham’s new home, and make every Hammers player and fan proud to call it such.
Read more at http://www.whufc.com/New-Stadium/About/Design-Features#b6LbP6Gv5JlUEzk4.99
London Olympic Stadium Reopening News
Olympic Stadium Reopening Delay
Olympic Stadium reopening delayed until 2016 after modifications are required by potential bidders, report the Daily telegraph.
The Olympic Stadium may not be ready for West Ham United or any other football tenant until the start of the 2016/17 season, Olympic Park officials have warned.
The London Legacy Development Corporation is still deciding whether to accept any of the four bidders – West Ham, Leyton Orient, Formula One and the UCFB College of Football Business – seeking a 99-year lease on the £500 million stadium, some of which requires substantial modifications, including providing a roof to cover all of the seating, and possible retractable seating. West Ham’s requirements for new seating and a roof has been roughly estimated at costing £200 million.
Dennis Hone, the LLDC chief executive, told the London Assembly that there have been no formal bids from an NFL American football franchise, although the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, and others had held “encouraging” talks about stadium management with NFL executives during a recent trip to the capital.
Although football was still among the front-runners to take up tenancy of the venue, Hone insisted a 2014 reopening was out of the question.
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