The West Ham London Stadium cover up


SailsWork has started to cover up the gaps between the London Stadium lower stands and the concourse. The retractable seating has moved forward 15 metres leaving unsightly views  under the seating of scaffolding, breeze blocks and unused seating exposed for all to see.

West Ham plan to cover these gaps up with Claret and Blue fabric sails before the Bournemouth match and ClaretandHugh player ratings man, Niall Mcdonald spotted and photographed the first blue fabric sail in place on Sunday during the Juventus friendly.

sails2West Ham appointed a company called Fabric Architecture to design, engineer, manufacture and install large-scale fabric covers over the retractable seating gaps inside the former Olympic Stadium.

The company has released a press release saying: “Building on the strong relationships formed with senior members of the project team from Olympic Park related projects like Westfield Stratford, Fabric Architecture was well positioned to take on further challenges. West Ham United had, for many years, looked at possible options for the seating covers, particularly relating to the fixing detail. However they had been unable to find a supplier who could resolve the range of complex issues so approached Fabric Architecture for a solution.”

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  • essexclarets says:

    Isn’t there any way that temp seat could be installed?

  • johnboy says:

    Cost to much for that ?
    If stadium was designed properly in the first place instead of being naieve to a white elephant , we could have had a proper stadium without the extra cost of creating gaps .
    Someone got paid a lot of dosh for a poor design without any vision !

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    When you look at what it covers up in some cases more seating underneath, there should be a way to either remove that seating underneath or put additional supports in so the other seating could be remodelled that it goes further back covering the gaps. I am sure that would increase the capacity by at least a couple of thousand and would look a lot better. As that is out of our hands it is highly unlikely unless there is a clear profit that the LLDC could demonstrate that would appease the tax payers.

  • Ironworker says:

    Does the Gap go right around the entire stadium – anyone ??

  • HammerFan says:

    Let’s hope that the previously mentioned capacity increase will fill those voids in the long run……

  • johnboy says:

    Can’t we call international rescue !!
    I’m sure Mr Tracy will give up his designer ? Lol.

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