Eurosafe sets pace with Grand Prix stadium work

Nick Didsbury  of IMS) with Paul Freeman, Ian Shore, Brian Coates, John Boyle, Steve Coates of  Eurosafe Solutions in India
Nick Didsbury of IMS) with Paul Freeman, Ian Shore, Brian Coates, John Boyle, Steve Coates of Eurosafe Solutions in India

Sheffield-based Eurosafe Solutions is working on a major project to deliver and install a suspended cradle access system for the new Formula 1 Grand Prix stadium being built in New Delhi, India.

The stadium, which will host the first Indian Grand Prix in October, cost $300m to build and involves 6,500 construction workers. It is expected to create $170m of annual income and create 10,000 jobs. Eurosafe Solutions designed the 40m long suspended cradle access system which is thought to be one of the largest in the world, working in partnership with Sheffield’s IMS, which has project managed the installation process.

The suspended cradle will be used by contractors involved in the installation of soffitt cladding to what promises to be one of the world’s most awe inspiring stadiums, as part of a major regeneration of a whole area, which is known as Sport City.

Eurosafe was approached by the specialist cladding contractors; a joint venture partnership between an English and Indian contractor because of its track record of installing complex access systems on building in the UK and around the world. The company has designed and overseen the fabrication of the huge metal structure, which will enable the safe installation of the cladding when working at heights of 40 metres.

Eurosafe Solutions and the other local companies involved were up against a strict deadline to ensure the huge structure could be built within just a couple of months. The suspended cradle systems was shipped to India before Christmas. John Boyle, Director at Eurosafe Solutions and a team of six engineers from the company have recently returned from India, where they worked against the odds to installed the huge cradle system working in conditions of 40 degrees centrigrade!

Eurosafe director John Boyle said: “This is such an exciting and prestigious project to work on. It was an eye opening trip too, obviously India is still a developing country with many people living in poverty and it was an interesting experience with all the workers and their families living on site! There were some detailed logistical planning required when we thought we might not be able to get the cradle from when it had been docked to site, but we had planned for all eventualities so everything worked out in the end and the installation itself ran very smoothly.

“The stadium is literally being built in the middle of the farmland with nothing else around for miles. However, it is shaping up to be a phenomenal, expansive structure that we are very proud to be part of.

“It is fantastic that South Yorkshire’s design and manufacturing expertise has been used in this way on a major international project that will ensure the safety of construction workers at these tremendous heights. It will certainly be a project that will go down in Eurosafe’s history!”

Eurosafe Solutions has more than 20 years experience in the design, installation, testing, inspection and monitoring of fall protection systems. The company has amongst its portfolio some of the UK’s most renowned buildings, including the O2 Arena, Manchester Arena and several buildings in the Canary Wharf area of London.

It also provides testing and inspection services to schools, commercial and residential buildings and shopping centres across the country.