SCX appointed to deliver Spurs stadium retractable pitch

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The specialist has been brought in to deliver a fully-retractable grass surface that will be used for football matches, while the artificial pitch underneath will be used for NFL matches, music concerts and a range of other events.

The interchangeability of the pitches is designed to protect the integrity of both playing surfaces.

SCX will design, engineer, build and install the real turf football pitch, which will sit in three pitch-long steel trays, weighing more than 3,000 tonnes each.

When removed, the surface will split into three sections to show each tray, before retracting under the new stadium’s South Stand to reveal the artificial playing surface underneath.

The process of switching from one surface to another is expected to take approximately 25 minutes.

According to SCX, once the grass pitch is in position the joins are invisible and undetectable, allowing for a Premier League-quality playing surface.

The supplier agreement with Tottenham Hotspur follows SCX’s success in using similar engineering technology to win contracts for the retractable roofs over Centre Court and No. 1 Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club for Wimbledon.

SCX managing director Simon Eastwood said: “We have a solid reputation for problem-solving in bespoke circumstances that involves moving and lifting huge structures at sporting venues. All of the mechanical and control system engineering skills are in-house and genuinely world class.”

Contractor Mace is delivering the new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur FC, which will also feature a sky walk on its roof to allow the public views across north London.

Buckingham Group has been contracted to deliver the £20m roof, which will be built off site and installed in a series of cladded cassettes over the main roof area.