Headingley Stadium, North-South Stand

DLA Architecture Ltd

Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos

Headingley Stadium, North-South Stand

The unique design of a new double-faced sports stand that works seamlessly for both Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the rugby league Super League club Leeds Rhinos posed a unique set of challenges for Em-B.  Security, public safety, and access control were all key considerations throughout, all on a project specced to the highest standards of design and finish of the hospitality industry.

What we offered

Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club and Yorkshire County Cricket Club both had very differing needs and requirements for the project in terms of security, accessibility, and aesthetics. Working with architects DLA, we worked on both sides of the stand including boxes, changing rooms, hospitality areas and concourses: a complex brief. The owners, Caddick Group, brought in Em-B as the result of previous successful projects, including them at a very early stage of the process to consult on security and access control. The project had been planned by architects DLA for six years. The spec, especially for the hospitality areas, was exceptionally high. The client wanted the directors’ suite to have the finish of a high-end boutique hotel rather than a sports stadium, combined with high levels of security for corporate and players’ entrances.


What the client said:

“Em-B worked closely with us to manage all of the hardware requirements for the complex Headingley stand project. We have worked with Em-B in the past and knew we could rely on them to deliver the outcomes we wanted. The project was a complex one with different requirements from the cricket and rugby clubs  – from high security access control to high-end hospitality areas across both sides of the stand. Em-B coordinated two architects, two designers, steel door and shutter manufacturers to deliver an end product that looks great, works seamlessly and is totally compliant with all the regs.”

Rob Oates, Commercial Director, Leeds Rhinos