Exactly 3 months after demolition crews started dismantling the old stand, first steel beams were mounted on site. Now Bristol City owners are inviting local companies to become subcontractors.
It was exactly 3 months this week since demolition of the south stand began at Ashton Gate. By early September there was nothing left of it and machinery moved towards the south-western side of the main grandstand. The ground then had to be rehabilitated before foundations works could begin.
But that’s now over, at least in the south-western corner, where yesterday two first steel beams were erected, nearly reaching the height of the current main stand. By summer 2015 the new south stand, depicted below as first phase of the new stadium scheme, should be ready.
Just two days before erecting first steel prefabs, Bristol Sport (owners of both City and the stadium) launched an invitation for subcontractors to compete for over 50 contracts that will provide employment for 400 people.
Rebuilding Ashton Gate into a modern 27,000-capacity stadium will cost £45 million (€57m / $72.5m).