RFU Twickenham - bespoke extract ductwork for stadium kitchens

At RFU, the home of Rugby Union, Fire Protection manufactured and installed a bespoke extract duct system for the kitchens within the stadium's new south stand, which opened in September 2008.

Replacing the old south stand, which was demolished in 2005, the new stand is part of an £80m redevelopment scheme, including an additional 5,000m2 of integrated conference and exhibition space. The facilities also incorporate a 4* Marriott Hotel with 156 rooms, six of which are VIP suites overlooking the pitch. Increasing stadium capacity from the current 75,000 to approximately 82,000, the new stand incorporates enhanced safety and security measures and improved provision for disabled visitors.

Shepard Engineering Services Ltd (SES) commissioned Fire Protection to manufacture, install and insulate bespoke extract ductwork systems for the stadium's various kitchens and banqueting suites. Working closely with SES, Fire Protection took a lead role in coordinating the ductwork systems due to its impressive in-depth knowledge regarding the use of passive fire protection equipment. The system was designed to ensure maximum safety, while allowing access to the ductwork and ancillary equipment to enable cleaning with the minimum amount of fuss.