Friday, June 17, 2011

News: Work begins on Rotherham United stadium


A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place to mark the start of work on Rotherham United's community stadium close to the town centre.

Representatives from the football club, main contractor GMI Construction and project manager Gleeds gathered at the site of the former Guest & Chrimes foundry where preparation work to raise the ground level by two metres has begun.

The new £17.3m 12,000 seater stadium has been designed as part of a masterplan for the area which will encompass other features such as conference and banqueting facilities. With a strong focus on the community benefits, the stadium development brings longer term sustainability into the Rotherham area as further future investments are encouraged.

Tony Stewart, chairman of Rotherham United said: "Supporters driving into Rotherham along Centenary Way will be able to see real progress on the site, and I think that is really exciting."

"GMI have worked very quickly and already they have made a huge difference to the site. I am told that within six weeks the ground will have been raised by two metres, and I am confident that we will meet that deadline. They are working on the new council building and that project is progressing well and I know the council are very impressed by them, so I am confident that they, along with Gleeds, will be able to deliver the new stadium on time."

Paul Whitaker of project managers, Gleeds said: "We are delighted to kick off the construction work for what will become a renowned stadium in the region for years to come. This type of project epitomises the community spirit of a town like Rotherham and allows a wide range of stakeholders to get involved throughout the development process."

Simon Morris, associate director and project manager for Gleeds also commented: "It has been a long journey for the Millers and the next stage in the club's return to the town began this week. Now that work has started, people will see a lot of rapid activity on the site.

"The first task was to clear the site of vegetation, and within weeks materials will be brought in to begin work on the building. By the autumn, we expect to see steelwork being erected on site, which is when the stadium will really begin to take shape."

"The club have high expectations for this stadium and I am looking forward to the challenge of meeting them. We are still very much on course to have the stadium completed in time for the 2012/2013 season and I am excited to sit in the crowd and watch that match."

Rotherham United website
GMI Construction website
Gleeds website

Images: Rotherham United / GMI Construction


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