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The Wembley Lifts project is the first piece of a moving jigsaw puzzle to transform the iconic Olympic Way approach to Wembley Stadium. Completed in December 2020, this provides a new accessible route to the main entrance of the Stadium, and follows two years of careful planning with Quintain and McLaren Construction.
Alongside Wilson Owens Owens architects, we worked to overcome several of this project’s challenges, such as the highly constrained site (the space between the existing concourse and the stadium entrance) and the requirement for minimal disruption to the stadium – which had been expected to be buzzing with events through the summer of 2020.
The pre-cast lift shafts by Cornish Concrete, which were installed over the course of just two days, support a slender, long-span connecting bridge which adjoins the existing stadium walkway. Another major challenge was integrating existing temporary works foundations (installed for the lift of the signature Wembley Arch) into the new proposals.
Working with The FA, the design incorporates several features to allow future extensions and modifications and give the stadium operator flexibility going forward.
This project leads into the Olympic Steps project, currently on site, where we are also working with Quintain.
Client: Wembley Stadium
Architect: Wilson Owens Owens
Professional photographs copyright Chris Winter