Wembley Stadium

Work at Wembley stadium stopped today and all the staff were sent home after the failure of a steel beam during welding. The day before a visit to celebrate 40 years since the World Cup final.

The rafter in the roof is 50-tonnes and dropped about 1 metre.

BBC story - Steel beam failure at Wembley

The project is behind schedule and the construction firm is facing fines for everyday the project is late, earlier in this year it has been announced that the FA cup will again be held in the Millenium Stadium. The cost of construction was originally estimated to be 325 million pounds, it is now estimated to cost 757 million pounds, with Australian constructors Multiplex set to lose 1 million a week for each week past the deadline. It is estimated that Multiplex will lose 100 million pounds during constuction of the new Wembley Stadium (source: The Telegraph).

Webcam image of Wembley construction 20-Mar-2006

Image taken from webcam at Wembley Stadium website.


9 Responses

  1. […] I discussed the delay of Wembley when it was first announced that the 2005 FA cup final would be held at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. The millenium stadium cost 126 Million pounds and was finished in time for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. […]

    See here for more: https://bainite.wordpress.com/2006/08/01/wembley-stadium-still-not-finished/

  2. Good-news stories have been rare during the six-and-a-half-year project to build the new Wembley.

    Wembley’s arch
    The long, dark night of the Wembley farce could at last be over
    But one appears to be on the horizon now. Builders Multiplex are set to hand over the keys of the stadium to the Football Association in the next few days.


  3. BBC reports the keys have been handed over to the FA


    The building work cost £757m

  4. Wembly Q & A

    Q. How far over budget and over deadline has the project gone?

    I think everyone has given up counting! Seriously, the FA did a nifty bit of business making this a fixed-cost contract.

    The official overall cost was £757m but that is not including the overruns and compensation compromises on the building works, which were supposedly set at £352m.

    Initially, back in 1995 when the idea of a national stadium to replace the old Wembley got up and running, people thought £400m would get you a state-of-the-art facility.

    The deadlines have been a moveable feast all along, ever since the whole project was delayed by a year through Government intervention and a value-for-money exercise.

    Originally, believe it or not, it was planned that Wembley would be open in time to stage the World Athletics Championship in 2005.

  5. or well its done now and is the best stadium in the world

  6. hello, can any body please tell me about the faults of the project manager in the delays and disputes concerning the wimbley stadium construction?

  7. I would like to know about that too, if there was any investigation maybe we can find out on the web somewhere.

    Seems like Wembley stadium cracked in 2008 after high winds. According to this story: wembley stadium has 40ft crack after storms Mirror exclusive.

  8. Here is a press release saying there will be an investigation on the death of a construction worker in 2004.


  9. And this is copy pasted from Wikipedia, i can’t find any official reports are cited there, I don’t know if there was any report from a government investigation that we can find from Westminster:

    The initial plan for the reconstruction of Wembley was for demolition to begin before Christmas 2000, and for the new stadium to be completed some time during 2003, but this work was delayed by a succession of financial and legal difficulties. It was scheduled to open on 13 May 2006, with the first game being that year’s FA Cup Final. However, worries were expressed as to whether the stadium would actually be completed on time.[8] The new stadium was completed and handed over to the FA on 9 March 2007, with the total cost of the project (including local transport infrastructure redevelopment and the cost of financing) estimated to be £1 billion (roughly US$1.97 billion).
    The stadium in its very early stages of construction, circa August 2003
    New Wembley Stadium looking south, down the new Wembley Way, January 2007

    In October 2005, Sports Minister Richard Caborn announced: “They say the Cup Final will be there, barring six feet of snow or something like that”. However in December 2005, the builders admitted that there was a “material risk” that the stadium might not be ready in time for the Cup Final[9] and in February 2006, these worries were confirmed by the FA moving the game to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

    The delays started as far back as 2003. In December 2003, the constructors of the arch, subcontractors Cleveland Bridge, warned Multiplex about rising costs and a delay on the steel job of almost a year due to design changes which Multiplex rejected. Cleveland Bridge were removed from the project and replaced by Dutch firm Hollandia with all the attendant problems of starting over. On 20 March 2006, a steel rafter in the roof of the new development fell by a foot and a half, forcing 3,000 workers to evacuate the stadium and raising further doubts over the completion date which was already behind schedule.[10] On 23 March 2006, sewers beneath the stadium buckled due to ground movement.[11] GMB Union leader Steve Kelly said that the problem had been caused by the pipes not being properly laid, and that the repair would take months. A spokesman for developers Multiplex said that they did not believe this would “have any impact on the completion of the stadium”, which was then scheduled to be completed on 31 March 2006.

    On 30 March 2006, the developers announced that Wembley Stadium would not be ready until 2007.[12] All competitions and concerts planned were to be moved to suitable locations. On 19 June 2006 it was announced that the turf had been laid. On 19 October 2006 it was announced that the venue was now set to open in early 2007 after the dispute between The Football Association and Multiplex had finally been settled. WNSL, a subsidiary of The Football Association, is expected to pay around £36m to Multiplex, as well as the amount of the original fixed-price contract. This meant that the Wembley Stadium was ready for the 2007 FA Cup Final on 19 May 2007. The official Wembley Stadium website announced that the stadium would be open for public viewing for local residents of Brent on 3 March 2007, however the event was delayed by two weeks and instead happened on 17 March. The keys to the new Wembley stadium were finally handed over to the owners on 9 March 2007 ready to be open and used for upcoming FA Cup football matches, concerts and other events.

    Possible to find something from http://www.publications.parliament.uk, such as Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Sixth Report and http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/cmspnt37.htm

    It seems like most of the government reports are about issues concerning the start of the project. BBC also has a story Multiplex ‘sued’ on Wembley delay, if the company was taken to court, may be there is material available in Australia after being presented to court.

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