Cardiff Rugby Football Club refused permission for the masts to oversail its ground. The club, whose ground adjoined Cardiff Arms Park, also blocked demolition of a stand built against a party wall.
So, the design was revamped to feature two raking and two vertical masts. The load calculations for the 480 000-member roof had to be redone. This was at Christmas 1996, just a few months before Laing had to fix its price.
One project insider says: “The problem was that the design was still developing as Laing fixed its price and was still developing as the roofing contractor hit the site.”
The row also restricted access on the site. Cardiff Rugby Football Club refused to allow Laing’s tower cranes to swing over its air space. This cut off access to one side of the ground.