Spurs' new football stadium delayed as contractors miss deadlines
Tottenham Hotspur's home games will be hosted at Wembley as White Hart Lane's replacement faces delays
Football news that could disappoint fans and engineers alike has emerged in the UK with Tottenham Hotspur FC’s chairman, Daniel Levy, confirming that contractors missing deadlines would likely delay the opening of the Spurs’ new stadium and an extend its use of Wembley Stadium for home games.
Levy said “there isn’t an hour that goes by” without him being asked about the first game that will be played at the new facility, which is being built as a replacement for the club’s demolished White Hart Lane home ground.
In a statement on the Spurs’ website, the club said it has been “working hard with the contractors involved in the critical safety systems” of the project. Contractors delivering mechanical, electrical, and safety systems for the new facility “are being supported with external resources and closely monitored” by Mace, the project’s construction manager.
“I wish I was able to confirm an exact opening date and fixture,” Levy continued in the statement.
“However, in light of factors completely outside of our control, contractors missing deadlines, and possible future unforeseen issues, we are naturally being cautious in respect of our timetable for our test events and official opening game.”
Levy said the club was “conscious of the need to keep pressure” on its contractors for the project’s prompt delivery, adding that the Spurs have “not stood still while work on the critical safety systems has been happening”.
“We have sought to use the time to bring forward future works,” he continued. “The delay in the stadium opening has made it possible for some track and station improvements to be brought forward due to the fact that previously non-available construction dates have become available for works.”
Additionally, more than $127m have been spent on transport infrastructure that Levy said would see the stadium and local area served by “one of the best public transport networks in the country”. Levy said the Spurs’ fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 29 December 2018 will also be played at Wembley, and project updates will be released early in the month, according to the club statement.
Levy said this was a “frustrating” time for the club, but added that “a few months’ delay will hopefully soon be forgotten” when the highly anticipated facility begins operations. An official opening date for the Spurs’ new stadium has yet to be revealed, but the BBC reported that two NFL games will be played at the ground in 2019.
The new stadium is being developed by firms that have a significant presence in the GCC’s construction sector. Upon completion, the nine-floor facility will seat more than 61,560 spectators, almost twice as many as The Lane.
According to information provided on Mace’s website in June 2017, up to 72,000m2 of concrete will be poured for the project, for which the company has employed 1,700 staff on-site. The new stadium’s designs were produced by KSS Architects and Buro Happold.
In the GCC, Mace has worked on developments such as Al Bahr Towers and Hyatt Capital Gate hotel in the UAE, in addition to Jeddah Tower – planned to be the world’s tallest tower upon completion – and the Tadawul Tower mixed-use complex.
Buro Happold, meanwhile, has worked on regional projects such as The Address Boulevard hotel and Louvre Abu Dhabi in the UAE, in addition to Saudi Aramco’s King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture, and Tuwaiq Palace’s Sports Rose tent in Saudi Arabia.