Lincolnshire based sports pitch contractors; Smith Construction (Heckington) Ltd. began work on the new £5 million project at Stamford Football Club, Lincolnshire.
South Kesteven District Council’s development control and licensing committee approved the plans to build the new facilities, on land off Ryhall Road in Stamford. The plans are a joint venture project between Stamford AFC, the Burghley House Preservation Trust and New College Stamford.
The complete project consists of 1500 spectator seats with associated infrastructure, clubhouse with function room and ancillary office/administrative space, a full sized artificial 3G football pitch, and four natural community football pitches. The project also includes provision for a car and coach parking area with additional use for car boot sales. The clubhouse building will include changing rooms for the football players and officials, a kitchen, a large sports hall, a gym, a bar and bistro and a director’s room.
Smith Construction began work on site in December last year, and the complete project is due to be finished in time for the season 2014/2015. Work is progressing well, and we are slightly ahead of schedule, with the tarmac already being laid ready to receive the Limonta Diamond 60 carpet. The design team at Smith Construction have created a drainage design for the natural stadium pitch to deal with hard limestone ground conditions.
Stamford AFC director of football Guy Walton said, ‘This particular project will deliver an innovative solution to the sporting demand of our community, which will benefit generations to come. This sporting hub will allow The Daniels to deliver a long term football development plan and engage with community, sporting and charitable ventures.
Our Charter Standard Community Club has an expanding youth policy and our relationship with New College will only enforce a vision that will add to sporting participation and Olympic legacy.’
New College Stamford Principal Andrew Patience said, ‘We will have a fantastic facility which will greatly benefit our students, football club and town community.’