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'Steel' A Look Of The New South Stand Structure

The £45 million transformation of Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium has commenced with work starting to erect the steel frame for the new South Stand.

The former 86 year-old Wedlock Stand has been completely demolished and construction of the new South Stand has begun under main contractor Barr.

The new South Stand will include a restaurant seating 250 people, a glass-fronted sports bar, museum, Bristol Sport Megastore, exhibition space and community classrooms.

Barr Construction’s steel work installation will start in the southwest corner of the stadium and will take nine weeks to complete erection of the frame.

While the frame is going up, the precast stairs will be installed before moving onto the floor slabs of the stand’s facilities.

The final stage of the 6071 capacity stand’s construction will be the internal fit-out which is due to be completed in summer 2015. The South Stand will be ready for use by supporters in time for the first whistle of the 2015-16 football season.

Mike Henderson, operations manager for Barr Construction said: “Now we have completed the demolition of the old parts of the stadium, the steel frame going up signals a major milestone in the evolution of the project. 

“Supporters of rugby and football in Bristol will now be able to see with their own eyes how their new stand will look once this project has been completed.”

While construction on the South Stand is still ongoing, Barr will also commence the redevelopment of the Dolman Stand in January 2015.

This element of the project will see the remodeling of the front tier of the Dolman Stand and integration of the current Dolman roof with the roof of the new South Stand, providing a linking concourse between the two. 

The refurbishment of the Dolman will be carried out during the 2015-16 close season. 

Martin Griffiths, chairman of Bristol Sport, said: “This is the moment that fans will finally get an idea of how impressive this new stadium will be. Once the steel structure starts to go up, fans walking into Ashton Gate will see the South Stand rising out of the ground. It is an exciting phase in this two year project as we work to deliver a state-of-the-art stadium.”

“The whole design team has been heavily focused on the main structure of the buildings to ensure that the build remains on track. We have been continuously taking on board supporters’ suggestions and between now and Christmas we will be showing how that feedback reflects in the latest internal designs. This will be assisted by the recently issued Supporters Trust survey to which there have been over 2,000 replies.”

You can keep up to date with the stadium’s progress using the time lapse camera here.

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