Olympic work by Lesjöfors manufacturer for West Ham’s new stadium

2016-10-14 The Lesjöfors company European Springs & Pressings recently took on a project that hammered home the technological expertise of its workforce when the company formed part of a design solution to West Ham’s new 60,000 capacity football ground.

The London Stadium, the new home of West Ham United Football Club - formerly the Olympic Stadium, recently underwent an impressive renovation under the guidance of Fabric Architecture, international tensile fabric structure specialists.

Springs for dissipating loads from canopies
Tasked with designing, engineering and installing large-scale fabric canopies over the retractable seating voids inside the new stadium, Fabric Architecture looked to European Springs & Pressings to develop a spring solution that aligned with their engineering requirements.

Recent investment in a new Fortuna coiling machine allowed European Springs & Pressings to design and deliver to specification. The new machine has expanded the Cornish firms wire coiling capabilities to include wire from 0.3mm to 26mm, consequently opening up new markets across multi-industries.

Michael Gibbs, Managing Director of European Springs & Pressings says: “Engineering solutions is key to our business. Investing in skills training and machinery is part of an ongoing growth strategy for the organisation that has seen us grow from an £800k operation to £7.5m turnover over the last 15 years.

Customized and efficient cooperation
Nigel Browne, Director of Design and Engineering at Fabric Architecture said: “European Springs & Pressings were fast, efficient and very knowledgeable in assisting us to design a system that helped dissipate the loads from the canopies.”

Gibbs concludes: “Working with an icon in the sporting arena and with such a highly regarded construction and architectural design firm and assisting their problem solving, has been really exciting for the team. In particular, our Production Managers love of West Ham, and subsequent suggestion that the springs were powder coated in the clubs famous claret colour, has added a personal touch that has truly made the team feel part of sporting history.”

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