Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Back in 1996 Gwalia Surveyors was proud to be appointed by W.S. Atkins as survey consultants for the redevelopment of the National Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park) in Cardiff. The aim was to deliver an all-seater stadium (with increased capacity from 53,000 to 74,000) in readiness to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup. The £121 million project planned a "phased" approach to services and commenced in December 1996 with the topographical survey. This included the existing National Stadium, Wales Empire Pool, Cardiff Empire Telephone Exchange building, Territorial Auxiliary & Volunteer Reserve building, and Social Security offices, together with all surrounding streets and roads - Wood Street, Park Street, and Westgate Street. A huge area of central Cardiff!
A measured survey of the old North Stand at all levels up to external roof was performed. This was critical as this structure was to be retained in the new stadium design (now South Stand for Cardiff Athletic RFC). Detailed elevations of surrounding/adjacent buildings and bridges were also produced. We also carried out multiple movement monitoring and deformation surveys both prior and post demolition of the old stadium.
A strict timetable for demolition and re-build had to be adhered to. Every phase had to be completed on time and to a high standard in order to meet the official opening deadline. This proved a challenge which required the survey teams to work tirelessly around the clock, but we never failed to deliver on time or miss a deadline. The iconic new stadium opened on 26th June 1999 and hosted the final of the 1999 Rugby World Cup.