Quintain has unveiled the Olympic Steps that lead to Wembley Stadium in the UK ahead of the FA Semi-Final to be held tomorrow.
Replacing the 1970s pedway ramps and named after the London 1948 Summer Olympics, the Olympic Steps represent the final addition to the major upgrade of Olympic Way.
The Olympic Steps and the wider upgrade works to Olympic Way are part of the urban regeneration scheme to transform the 85-acre Wembley Park from a place suitable only for event days into a 365-day district with an active local community.
Olympic Way runs from the Wembley Park underground station to Wembley Stadium.
Located at the southern end of Olympic Way, the Olympic Steps comprise 48 individual granite steps and have a 40m width.
The Olympic Steps have freed up over 12,150m² of new public space at ground level.
Additionally, the top of the steps features the new Olympic Landing, which has created a 1,275m² elevated piazza with views overlooking the surrounding area.
Quintain CEO James Saunders said: “A fitting entrance to the National Stadium, the Olympic Steps mark a new chapter in the evolution of Wembley Park, replacing the old pedway, a concrete pedestrian ramp built in the 1970s to span a coach park that no longer exists.
“This elegant new public space celebrates Wembley Park’s history, embraces its future and will be a welcome new space for the residents of Wembley Park and the millions more who will visit the neighbourhood to work, shop and play.”
Additionally, four new high-capacity lifts have been built by Quintain to enable disabled access into Wembley Stadium.
The Olympic Steps have been co-funded by Quintain and Brent Council.
Wembley Stadium stadium director Liam Boylan said: “We are delighted to have worked closely with Quintain and Brent Council on the transformation of the entrance to our iconic venue.
“The Olympic Steps and surrounding public space provide a distinctive and inviting approach to Wembley Stadium while four new lift shafts ensure that our venue remains fully accessible.”