Three projects delivered by structural steel specialist Severfield have been named in a list of the UK’s greatest landmarks by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
The First Direct Arena in Leeds, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium and the Library of Birmingham, all Severfield projects, were chosen by the CITB alongside other iconic buildings such as London’s 30 St Mary Axe (‘The Gherkin’).
Gateshead’s Sage makes up the full list chosen by the board, who will also honour the people who built the chosen five buildings at the Pride of Construction awards in London on September 10, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
The First Direct Arena recently hosted the Tour de France opening ceremony and has been established as a premier live performance venue to rival arenas across the UK. Last month the arena beat competition from around the world, including the new Olympic Stadium in Sochi, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, to win the prestigious New Venue of the Year title at the Stadium Business Awards in London.
The Etihad Stadium is the home ground of Manchester City FC and opened in August 2003. Severfield designed, fabricated and erected steel as part of a major redesign following the Commonwealth Games with a lower tier and north stand added to increase capacity. The company is currently working on a project at the stadium, involving 4,000 tonnes of steel.
The Library of Birmingham is a flagship project for the city’s redevelopment and has been described as the largest public library in the UK. The project, which opened to the public in September 2013, yielded a number of awards for main contractor Carillion, including the 2012 Guardian Sustainable Business Award for Social Impact.
Commenting on this accolade, Severfield’s chief executive Ian Lawson said: “We are delighted that the CITB, as part of its drive to celebrate the industry, have recognised these iconic buildings within its top five landmark projects in the UK. Severfield has played a vital part in enabling the design teams to realise and create their vision for these structures.
“These world-class facilities showcase not only the capabilities of the company, but also the skills of our design, fabrication and erection teams.”
Located in Leeds City Centre, the 13,500 capacity First Direct Arena provides live entertainment, staging more than 140 events a year.
The iconic external honeycombed design combines with ever-changing multi-coloured lights that alter its outside appearance. Severfield provided the connection design, fabrication and erection for the 4,000 tonnes of structural steelwork incorporated into the structure, 80 percent of which is coated in intumescent fire protection paint.