Precision roof replacement for major city stadium

Location Cardiff


Since opening in June 1999, the Principality Stadium in Wales’s capital has welcomed, on average, over 1.3 million visitors per year. 

Featuring the first fully retractable roof in the UK, the venue is a cutting edge, multi-purpose event venue with a UEFA 5-Star rating. 

The stadium has showcased matches from two Rugby World Cups including the Final in 1999, to the RBS Six Nations, as well as FA Cup Finals and live performances from major music artists. 

In each corner of the Principality Stadium a section of the roof is made up of translucent sheeting, known as the ‘barrel roof’. This sheeting had started to leak and required replacement. However, this sort of operation required craneage to facilitate the repair, and King Lifting was contracted for the procedure which was completed over several days.   

The works required removal of the existing roof, installation of new steel work and then installation of the new roof sheets. The only feasible crane position for each corner of the stadium was on the field of play inside the stadium. To prevent damage to the pitch, it was appropriately covered for the duration of the operation. 

The stadium roof height is approximately 54.0m. Operating up to weights of 2.2t respectively, we utilised our Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2 and LTM 1350-6.1, each having two positions, to ensure the job could be completed to the highest standards of performance and safety. 

To assemble the luffing fly-jib required on each crane, our Liebherr LTM 1060-3.1 equipped with 12.8t of CTW was used. 

All works were completed to plan and on time following rigorous health & safety protocols, resulting in another successful heavy lifting engineered solution from King Lifting. 


Translucent sheeting



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