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Strawberries and Beams: Wimbledon No.1 Court retractable roof keeps play on

28/06/2018 16:22:46
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Not many events typify British summertime like Wimbledon. World-class tennis players, strawberries, cream and fans from all over the world make the venue their home for two weeks – but crucially, what about the weather? Thankfully, a spot of rain won’t be halting proceedings on No.1 Court this year, as Barnshaws Section Benders has supplied steel fabrications to support an all-new retractable stadium roof.

If this is sounding familiar, that’s because it is. Barnshaws recently offered their expertise to help realise the retractable roof over Centre Court, which has been enabling uninterrupted tennis for a number of years now. With the roof proving a hit with players and fans, the decision has been made to provide the same rain protection to No.1 Court, ensuring bad weather has even less of an impact on Championship proceedings.

Greg North, Commercial Director at Barnshaws, expands: “After our approach to the Centre Court roof generated such positive feedback, there was no need to reinvent the wheel for No.1 Court . We provided the roof trusses formed from around 60 curved steel box-sections, which were bent on site at Barnshaws, then assembled and delivered to site ready for installation. A key concern was ensuring the correct roof strength for the span, as well as factoring in the additional weight that lights, locking arms, motors and cameras could potentially add to the roof structure. Again, it was a pleasure to work closely with Severfield PLC group to deliver another engineering project on tennis’ hallowed ground.”

Despite its inherent challenges, Barnshaws is no stranger to providing metal bending support for stadia projects. Barnshaw’s portfolio also includes Premier League grounds such as Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium, as well as Olympic facilities for London’s 2012 games. Stadia by their very nature feature organic shapes, so Barnshaws metal bending expertise and its high CE Execution Class certification means it is perfectly placed to meet the demands of these landmark projects.

Photo Caption: Strawberries and Beams: Barnshaws has supplied steel fabrications to support an all-new retractable Wimbledon No.1 Court roof.

About Barnshaws

Established in 1969, Barnshaws has grown to become the world’s premier specialist profile bending company; supplying market sectors such as construction, power generation, mining, transport and general manufacturing with shaped beams, tubes, plate and other profile section materials. More recent developments have seen the company’s engineering expertise expand from mostly steel to non-ferrous materials including copper and aluminium as well as specialist materials such as Hardox.

Barnshaws has ISO 9001:2015 approval and was Europe’s first bending company to achieve CE Marking of curved sections to Execution class 4, the highest standard available.

With facilities in the West Midlands, Manchester, Hamilton and Poland, Barnshaws can provide precision metal bending and profile cutting services, locally, nationally and internationally.

Equipped with the largest capacity bending machines in the world, Barnshaws can deliver curved sections up to 35 meters in length with the capacity to bend tubes and pipes up to 1,524mm outside diameter. In addition, the largest range of press brakes in the UK can accommodate materials up to 12 meters in length and form sections from materials with up to 80mm thickness.

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DMA Europa : Alan Hatch
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Barnshaws Steel Bending Group : Matthew Pritchard
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