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North end building site

New stand set to rise next month

To the untrained eye it looks very much like your average building site but a lot has been going on over the last few weeks.

In preparation for the new stand, piling works have been taking place. These go down to a depth of 10½ metres, roughly the height of the finished stand.

Next month will be a busy one on the site. By mid-January the skeleton frame will be completed, the floor goes down a week to 10 days later, followed by the roof in late January/early February.

Contractors FM Conway are bang on schedule with the works and are aiming to complete the new stand during the third week in March.

Club chief executive Bill Williams said: “There are some busy and exciting weeks ahead on-site. We will see the first stage of the steelwork frame start taking shape in the next few weeks and that will make such a difference to the look of the stadium.

“Personally I cannot wait to see the stand finished and I would like to thank all those who are working to make sure the project’s completed on time.”

The current budget for the new stand is £790,000. That, together with the new 3G pitch, has seen an investment by the owners of more than £1million this season.

Bill added: “We have already had donations totalling more than £22,000 towards the works and a big thank you to those who have generously contributed. The Stand up for the Stones fundraiser will be open until the end of March and we’d warmly welcome any donations to the cause.”

Anyone who donates £5 or more will receive a special campaign pin badge. Supporters pledging £20 will have the opportunity to be part of a photo montage and contributions of £50 will be recognised on an honours board.

There will be a topping out ceremony for the new stand at the end of January – more details will be announced in the near future.

New stand from the centre spot

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