Wednesday, June 1, 2011

News: Contractors hopeful of summer start on community stadium


Around 300 representatives from local buyers and contractors attended a recent event to learn more about the construction of the £20m community stadium for Rotherham United.

Leeds-based GMI Construction is leading the construction project and hosted the Meet the Buyer event at Magna with Yorkshire's Construction Sector Network to find local suppliers of everything from carpets to suspended ceilings.

Tony Stewart, chairman at Rotherham United, and S&P Architects' Mark Gowdridge, ran through a detailed plan of the new stadium, outlining construction and retail opportunities.

Potential contractors and suppliers were then told the procedure for pitching to become involved with the new stadium.

Tony Stewart was keen to express the importance of using local businesses to ensure the new stadium benefits the entire community and was encouraged by the turnout.

"We have nominated the main contractor, and we now wanted to give local contractors a slice of the action," he said. "There must be 300 people here, which is a good turnout. This is a big opportunity for local contractors to work in the local community."

The stadium is being constructed on the site of the former Guest & Chrimes foundry, close to the town centre. GMI Construction stated that groundwork on the site is imminent with the main stadium construction taking place in Summer 2011 ready for completion by the 2012/13 season.

Outline plans were approved in November 2010 and detailed designs were unveiled in February. Plans for the upfilling earthworks operation and raising of site levels to reduce the flood risk of the site were approved last month.

Rotherham United website
GMI Construction website

Images: S&P Architects / Rotherham United


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