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Holding up the Spurs

The William Cook engineering group played a central role in the construction of the world’s latest sporting landmark, supplying critical structural steelwork for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s new ground at White Hart Lane.

The company’s high-integrity castings, each weighing more than a tonne, support the roof of the 62,000-seat arena, a major new sports and entertainment destination in north London. They were manufactured at William Cook’s newly-modernised plant in Sheffield.

The engineering group worked with internationally renowned architects Schlaich Bergermann and contractors Severfield plc to design the unique architectural structure.

William Cook, group commercial director, said: “Spurs has succeeded in delivering a world-class landmark for Tottenham and London and we were proud to help them achieve their ambition. This was a technically challenging project but football fans, visitors and the wider community will be delighted with the results.”

Spurs said it had spent hundreds of millions of pounds on UK suppliers and created thousands of jobs in the construction industry during the project.

The William Cook group is an acknowledged world leader in specialist structural steelwork for prestige construction projects and has supplied a number of world-famous landmarks including Heathrow Terminal 5, Wimbledon Centre Court, the Thames Millennium Bridge and the Natural History Museum.

Recent international projects include the design of a prototype steel support for a flagship new viaduct for the Paris Metro system. Weighing 12 tonnes and standing 7m tall, the steel column was the largest casting every poured at the group’s Sheffield plant.

The group worked with the acclaimed British artist Conrad Shawcross to help create his largest public art commission to date, and his first permanent commission in the United States. William Cook engineered parts for the sculpture entitled Exploded Paradigm, which was unveiled at the $1.5bn Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia in late 2018.