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Ulster firm wins contract to supply materials for new Olympic stadium

By Symon Ross

A Northern Ireland building products firm has cemented its place in the 2012 Olympic Games by winning a £250,000 supply contract for the new 80,000-seater Olympic Stadium in London.

Acheson and Glover will supply 500mm deep hollow core concrete slabs to main contractor Byrne Brothers for use in the podium deck surrounding the massive stadium. The Dungannon- based company has also been contracted to supply 12 concrete lift caps designed to accommodate a Schindler lift system as well as two concrete stairwells leading to the main stadium.

“Acheson and Glover was the only company in the UK able to supply the 500mm deep hollowcore slabs which are specially designed to take extra-heavy loads — up to 25 kilo newtons per square metre,” sales manager Tim Butler said. “In addition to supplying 250 square metres of the 500mm slabs, we provided 4,250 square metres of 250mm slabs, all of which are capped to prevent the concrete going into the cores. All the structural designs were carried out by Acheson and Glover in-house engineers.”

The main stadium is located south of the Olympic Park on an island site while the overall construction site stretches from Stratford to Hackney Wick.

More than 50,000 seats in the lightweight steel and concrete upper level of the stadium will be removed after the Games leaving a permanent 25,000-seat athletics venue in the lower tier.

The slabs being provided by Acheson and Glover are specially designed to cope with cherry-picker loadings to allow access to the structure during the long construction period, due for completion in 2011.

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