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Staffordshire Wharf Outdoor Arena
associated engineer
Ove Arup & Partners
date  1994
UK era  Modern  |  category  Stadium/Arena/Pool  |  reference  SJ840907
An open-air arena next to the canal in Castlefield, adjoining the visitors' centre. The seating echoes that of an amphitheatre.
The Arena consists of a west-facing terrace of curved, precast concrete steps. All except the front row of the terrace is protected by a peaked fabric canopy, supported on a triangular steel frame. This is set at a tilt, lowest over the back row of seats.
The open, York-stone stage stretches from the terraces to the canal bank. Low walls of red sandstone surround the seating to the sides and across one half of the rear, and a sandstone bunker stands behind. This structure contains the control room and supports a lighting tower. Steep steps of green lawn back the unwalled half of the seating bank.
Architects: DEGW Scotland
reference sources   LG/SJ

Staffordshire Wharf Outdoor Arena