Leyton – Breaking Ground


With Tottenham Hotspur due to play their first game in their state of the art new stadium this September, Pirtek is proud to have played its part in the development of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The venue includes the world’s first dividing retractable, real turf pitch; allowing an NFL American Football pitch to lie beneath ready for use when the Premier League club is not playing football.

Remarkably, the whole pitch can be withdrawn, in three sections, in only 25 minutes.

In the early stages of the project, there was a lot of larger machinery involved, such as piling rigs and larger excavators.

More recently, as the build stage came to an end and fixtures were being put in place, Pirtek has serviced lifting equipment, genies, scissor lifts and sky jacks.

Pirtek also worked on a prototype machine for the retractable pitch at the Tottenham’s training ground in Enfield a few years ago, as well as helping to fit it at the new stadium.

Construction on the northern section of the project began in the summer of 2015, while the final season was played at White Hart Lane. Immediately the season ended, work began on pulling down the old stadium.

The MSST who carried out most of the work at the stadium was Justin Bulmer. “I’ve been working on the project for around two years now.

“We’ve worked on everything from large demolition equipment, to excavators, dump trucks… there were so many cherry pickers constantly on site.

“It’s been a pretty regular job, every other day for a while. A very big budget project. Although the stadium is nearing completion I still get up there now and again.”

Before working on the main job, Justin was involved at the football club’s Enfield training centre, where a prototype was built.

“They made a miniature version of the pitch at Enfield as a test rig. I helped them to put all that together.

“It was nice to finally see the real thing in action.”