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Tottenham Hotspur FC

To advise on Pedestrian Modelling and Crowd Safety for the new Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium

Background

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has commissioned the design and construction of a new 61,000-seat stadium for football, NFL and concerts on a site adjacent to the existing White Hart Lane Stadium.

PIONEERING SAFER LEISURE

Tottenham Hotspur FC

Location:
London

Client:
Tottenham Hotspur FC

Year:
2008 - present

Brief

Movement Strategies has been advising Tottenham Hotspur FC on its new stadium and surrounding masterplan since 2008. Our work to ensure crowd safety and security has been central to the masterplan, detailed design, and delivery of this project.

The ambitious new 61,000-seat stadium features a retractable pitch to support NFL games, concerts and other non-football uses and together with a hotel, extreme sports centre, museum and shop replaces the existing 37,000-seat stadium. The Club’s development also includes a supermarket, college and health centre.

While the footprint is larger than the current site, the ambitious multi-venue master plan and the requirements for crowd safety, and new requirements for public security following recent terrorist attacks, mean the design and operation has to ‘work hard’.

A further challenge is to build the new stadium while continuing to operate the old on the same site.

What we did

Our scope has included:

  • Crowd modelling and simulation inside and outside the stadium for ingress, half-time, egress, and emergency evacuation conditions. This work has informed the masterplan, detailed design (bowl, vertical circulation, concourse areas, landscape etc.) and planning approvals;
  • Crowd safety and risk advice for the operation of existing stadium during multi-phase construction operations.
  • Concept of operations for enhanced security regime for football and NFL supported by crowd simulation;
  • Crowd safety and risk assessment to support the successful case for the demolition of heritage buildings;
  • Concept of Operations for VIP entry arrangements;
  • Development of Food & Beverage service offer;
  • Compliance with public safety guidance;
  • Transport data collection and analysis for the Transport Plan and Transport Assessment, underpinning the planning approval;
  • Ongoing detailed design advice;
  • Design standards and requirements (arising from stadium operations) for the adjacent High Road West masterplan to be developed by others.

Results

Our innovative crowd safety and risk assessment work secured the demolition of listed heritage buildings, which was a key issue in delivering the 2015 planning permission.

Our expert advice has greatly influenced the detailed design of the stadium, including many aspects of the seating bowl, vertical circulation, food & beverage areas, security screening areas and external landscape.

Our crowd modelling and simulation has fundamentally influenced the stadium design, and that of the podium on which it sits. We provided assurance to the Club and its many stakeholders that the stadium is both safe and secure.

Our work defined the footprint for enabling commercial development by the Club, and for the adjacent masterplan for the regeneration of the wider Tottenham area.

The existing stadium has continued to operate safely while construction of the new stadium continues around it. We helped to develop the plans and were responsible for gaining a safety licence to operate, while maximising capacity.

We have worked on behalf of the Club to ensure that the transport network is capable of accommodating the increase in spectator numbers. This has resulted in the delivery of a successful planning application and also informed the re-design of key transport interchanges serving the ground.

We continue to support THFC and their design team to address planning items around the site.