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Vac ex is first on the team sheet at the Etihad

16th Jan 2024

VAC UK vac ex working at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

The VAC UK  team’s close control has come into its own at the Etihad where operators have been making the most of vac ex’s abilities to work in confined spaces beneath the stadium’s distinctive access ramps.

VAC UK vac ex working at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

The extension hose can be seen running from the truck into the building

To provide the flexibility to work in the electrical rooms beneath the spirals at Manchester City’s iconic home ground, the VAC UK team has been running a vac ex with a 15 metre extension then a 5 metre reducer hose to remove sand from concrete cable trenches.

The limited room available would normally present a significant challenge for digging but thanks to the versatility of vacuum excavation the job has proceeded with a minimum of disruption and mess.

VAC UK vac ex working at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Removing sand from the concrete cable trenches

The VAC UK team will be digging out the material from two of the rooms over two days.

Vac ex well-suited to working in stadiums and other public venues

VAC UK Director, Patrick Curran believes that vac ex provides an outstanding digging solution at facilities such as sports grounds.

“Typically, stadium jobs require quick deployment where you are working between fixtures and it is important not to impact upon public access,” he said.

“Suction excavation is a self-contained solution combining a small operating footprint,  minimum mess, low public safety risk and the flexibility to work in confined spaces.

“Over the last two years, VAC UK has worked closely with a number of major clubs and stadiums including Manchester City, Birmingham City, at the development of the new Everton ground, and at Gloucester Cricket Club.

“We take our sporting links very seriously and we’re also very proud to be sponsors of club and grass roots sport across the UK and Ireland.”

The Etihad Stadium is already one of the largest club grounds in the UK. It was built as the City of Manchester Stadium by Laing O’Rourke to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

In 2004 it was recognised by Royal Institute of British Architects for its innovative inclusive design.

VAC UK vac ex working at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

A £300 million redevelopment programme of the existing North Stand began in July 2023. It will include a new, 400 room hotel and a covered fan park for 3,000 people and it will increase net capacity to 61,474. Completion is expected by the end of 2026.

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