Written by : Mark Coates
Fastrack platforms by Suregrip were asked to design a bespoke Steel/GRP hybrid system for their VIP area in Liverpool Football Clubs new main stand. Due to constraints imposed by the build, it had to be a light weight modular system that could be lifted in to position and installed by hand. there were ten rows in excess of 100 linear meters per row created, with 7 sets of stairs and support for the seating incorporated in to the design. There were 10 types of seats from three different suppliers and the whole concept had to be coordinated in our design office.
The hole project had to be completed within the close season and coordinated with the other trades on site. As a concept this had never been tried before but we were always confident of success. The feedback from the client and end user has been tremendous and this project has been a success in every way.
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Hartford and Denham Golf Club Rail Platforms
In August 2014 we were approached by one of our clients about the practicalities of design a light weight modular steel and GRP platform and Hartford Railway Station. Its primary purpose was to re-gauge the existing platform and to make it DDA compliant.
The system also needed sufficient adjustment built into it in case the line was to be re-tamped or re-laid, thus future proofing the concept and giving it additional value over other systems within this very competitive market sector.
As we developed the system over a few months it became very clear that there were a lot of obstacles in our way, not only did we have limited space to design to in terms of existing platform and theoretical platform height, we also had to make it light weight, modular and have sufficient adjustment in order to future proof if should the track levels change. Which of course they do frequently.
Over this period there were further restrictions placed on the new design, such as having to make allowances for existing maintenance hatches already within the existing platforms, Platform furniture, street lamps and drainage.
Once the design period was completed we went in to the manufacture of a series of mock up frames in order to test both physically and practically that the system worked.
The completed concept was then issued into manufacture and delivered over a series of possessions, the project was a great success and improved on the original traditional platform program by a significant margin.
Denham Golf Club
Whilst working with our client on Hartford Station, we were asked about the practicalities of developing a system that could be fixed to existing 1950’s concrete trestles once the top decks had been removed.
We set about running up a coherent design that would span between the trestles in their existing condition.
There were once again significant caveats placed upon the design in so much as we were not allowed to directly fix into existing trestles and also none of the trestles could be cut away or altered.
This proved quite challenging and we had to design a bespoke clamping system that secured to the existing trestles, but not fixed directly into them. This system also had to be light weight and modular and future proofed so the platform could be re-gauged if required.
The Denham project was completed ahead of schedule and maintained the required budget restrictions and opened for business on time.
In both instances client feedback has been very positive and we are looking at further projects under the new CP5 roll out programme.