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Capita on firm foundations at Goodwood

Professional services giant Capita has released these images of its sculpture for this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Since 2005, Capita’s architectural and engineering teams have been working with artist and sculptor Gerry Judah and metalwork specialists Littlehampton Welding to produce the central sculptures on the lawn in front of Goodwood House at the motor racing event.

This year’s 120t sculpture, built of 720 stacked steel beams, is of two Mazda cars – one from its 1991 Le Mans win and the other a concept car – raised 40m in the air on trailing twisted steel shapes.

Capita lead engineer on the sculpture Bruno Postle said “This is the 11th year that we’ve worked with Gerry on the sculpture for Goodwood and the technical challenges of this year’s creation made it the most complex yet.

“Working out how to safely balance the massive corkscrewing steel structure 40m in the air was a huge challenge.”

Despite the structural challenges, Capita has said that good ground conditions mean that mass concrete pad foundations from previous years have been reused. Loadings from this year’s sculpture required the existing foundations to be extended and connected to the existing below ground structure by dowel connections.

According to Capita, the main challenge it faced in constructing the foundation extension was digging and pouring the concrete without damaging the surrounding lawn.

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