The Madejski Stadium is home of Reading Football Club playing in the Football League Championship and the rugby union club London Irish as tenants.
It also provides the finish for the Reading Half Marathon. The stadium is named after Reading’s chairman Sir John Madejski. It is an all-seater bowl stadium and is located close to the M4 motorway. The stadium was opened on 22 August 1998 and replaced Elm Park as Reading F.C.’s home ground.
The 25,000 capacity Madejski stadium was constructed at a cost of £23.5m on a former refuse disposal site at Smallmead in Reading. Reading Football Club’s aim was to create an architecturally unique state of the art stadium with facilities which could also be used outside of the football season. These include banqueting suites, themed sports bars, health and fitness suite and a 500 delegate conference centre.
A 200 bedroom hotel was built to complement the conference facilities. A 64 bed six storey extension was later added due to the popularity of the hotel.
CampbellReith developed the civil and structural design of the stadium and hotel. CampbellReith’s proposals allowed significant savings in excavated material costs to be made on the proposed extension to Reading Football Club’s Madejski Millennium Hotel.
The Reading Building Control was pleased with CampbellReith’s solutions which significantly reduced risks to the contractor and the public during the construction period.