Barges have been bringing material up the Thames for the project since 2019
Huge crane lifting part of the roof into place. Picture: Port of London Authority
The final delivery of pieces of the roof on the Riverside Stand at Craven Cottage was delivered recently.
The trusses which will support the roof are due to be lifted into place as the stadium building project moves to the next stage.
When the final piece is put in place the large crane and the barges will be leaving the site and work will start in April on installing all the plant at the site including the boilers and heat recovery units.
Seats have already started to be installed at the site and work is due to begin on the new media centre.
Like much of the material used on the site they have been delivered by Thames barges since work on the stand started in 2019. The project’s use of the river has won praise from the Port of London Authority (PLA), who work to promote inland, waterborne freight, as part of its Thames Vision strategy. It’s the latest example of a major construction project using the river to reduce traffic on the capital’s road network.
Alistair Mackintosh, Fulham Football Club CEO, said, “We are excited to see good progress being made on the Riverside Stand, which will be wonderful for our historic ground and wider local area. Using the river to transport material has been advantageous in accessing the construction site whilst minimising disruption and pollution.”
Lucy Owen, deputy director of planning at the PLA said, “We applaud Fulham FC for their commitment to reducing pollution by floating in the trusses that will form the roof of their new stand.
“Along with Tideway’s continuing use of barges to build the new ‘super sewer’ deep beneath the riverbed, it underlines huge potential the tidal Thames has to help the country build back better and greener, post COVID-19.”
Visualisation of the completed stand. Picture: Fulham FC
The health club on the riverside concourse is due to be fitted out shortly and the project team are hopeful they will have the decking on the pier completed in the next few months. When the stand itself will finally be able to accept fans largely depends on the loosening of coronavirus restrictions.
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March 22, 2021