Eurosafe keeps cladders safe at Indian Grand Prix Stadium

By Maria Hadlow13 June 2011

Eurosafe's team install 40m cradle so cladding team can operate in safety at the new Indian Grand Pr

Eurosafe's team install 40m cradle so cladding team can operate in safety at the new Indian Grand Prix stadium.

The UK division of Eurosafe Solutions which is headquartered in Germany has completed a major project to deliver and install a suspended cradle access system for the new Formula One Grand Prix stadium, being built in New Delhi, India. Eurosafe specialises in the in the design, supply, installation, testing and of fall protection systems,

The stadium, which will host the first Indian Grand Prix in October 2011, cost $300 million to build and involves 6500 construction workers. It is expected to generate $170 million of annual income and create 10000 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 IMS in Sheffield UK, which has project managed the installation process.

The suspended cradle will be used by contractors involved in the installation of soffitt cladding for the stadium, which is part of a major regeneration of the whole area now known as Sport City.

Eurosafe was approached by the specialist cladding contractors; a joint venture partnership between an UK and an Indian contractor because of its track record of installing complex access systems on buildings 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 40m.

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 system was shipped to India at the end of last year. John Boyle, director at Eurosafe Solutions and a team of six engineers from the company have recently returned from India, where they installed the cradle system working in temperatures of 40degC

Mr 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."

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