A bespoke Gatic CastSlot system was installed as part of the redevelopment of the riverside stand for Craven Cottage, home to Fulham FC. The project, which began in July 2021, incorporates Gatic CastSlot Treadsafe, which was chosen to drain away any excess surface water from the seating/standing areas along the deck of the stand. It was installed by main contractors Buckingham Group.

The unobtrusive profile of CastSlot sits neatly within concrete, asphalt, and block surface finishes and features an electro painted ductile iron throat section. This is securely fixed to the galvanised steel channel body to provide an exceptionally robust yet discreet drainage system.

The treadsafe option was chosen for this project. Treadsafe is available for areas where there is regular foot traffic and is available with a 10mm or 30mm opening—ideal for stadium standing and seating areas.

Bespoke access boxes were also created for the new stand, and channel throat depths were also extended for level changes, allowing a constant invert within the channel.


“The major challenge we had on this project was the level changes,” said Michael Taylor, Key Accounts Manager. “We had managed to solve the issue by extending the throat of the slot, which is something we was told that other similar products manufactured by our competitors may not be able to do. With Gatic’s method of manufacture, this was not a problem.”

Specifier WPS often incorporate Gatic systems in their designs thanks to the previous success of past projects, and the performance of the product.

Will Kiddle, of Buckingham Group, commented: “We wanted to use a product which allowed us to maintain the channel diameter but also have the flexibility of changing the throat dimension due to the change in levels between the spectator seating area and players dugout. We were delighted with the service and constant technical support Alumasc provided.”

When complete, the new stand will have more seating capacity and a wide choice of amenities for visitors to enjoy. The project is due for completion in December 2021.

Established since 1928, the Gatic range is renowned for innovation, quality and performance across many prestigious projects in the construction, transport and utility markets.