Scott to build Scarlets’ stadium
Mar 1 2008 by Sion Barry, Western Mail
SOUTH WALES construction and civil engineering company, Andrew Scott, has won the contract to build the new £23m rugby stadium for Llanelli Scarlets.
The stadium, which is being part-financed from the club’s sale of its existing Stradey Park home for a housing development, is scheduled for completion in December.
The Stradey Park site has been acquired by housing developer Taylor Wimpey in a £22m deal.
The Scarlets are committing £13m to the new stadium project, with the remainder being financed by the local authority.
The initial business plan was for the rugby region to move into its new home debt-free.
However, a delay of more than a year to the project – after plans for the 450-plus housing scheme on the Stradey Park site was called in by the Welsh Assembly Government – will mean the Scarlets will carry a debt of £2.5m into the new stadium.
Prior to the delay the club had debts of about £6m.
However, an additional £5m had been incurred as a result of increased raw materials on the stadium project and the legal and professional advisory costs associated with the housing scheme being called in – following an objection in principle from the Environment Agency which identified the site as being on a flood plain.
The club’s financial position has also been hindered by the delay in drawing down on the projected additional revenues from the new stadium – estimated at £1.5m.
Its £2.5m deficit is in the form of a loan from Carmarthenshire County Council.
Its new stadium at Pemberton will have a capacity of 14,340, including up to 1,814 on a terraced area. There’s an option to install a further 600 temporary seats for sell-out games
Mike Grindle, managing director of Andrew Scott, said, “This is the most prestigious construction contracts in Wales this year and we are delighted to have been asked to deliver it.
“Thanks to the efforts of the club and Carmarthenshire County Council, Scarlets fans will experience one of the finest new rugby grounds in the UK.
“For Andrew Scott to be known as the company that built the Scarlets stadium will be an honour that will always be with us.”
A peak workforce of about 200 will be deployed at the Pemberton site, with the contractor working closely with the local community to ensure that disruption will be kept to a minimum.
Mr Grindle said, “The success of any project is based upon close liaison and supporting working relationships, on and off the site.”
The stadium was designed by specialist sports stadia architects, The Miller Partnership, whose designs include Murrayfield. Its north and south stands will run alongside the pitch.
Structural steelwork for the development will be provided by Rowecord Engineering of Newport.
The south stand will be the largest, with a 5,748 capacity, while the north stand will hold 4,402, including 1,780 standing. The east and west stands will each hold 2,095 spectators.
The stands have a horseshoe curvature to allow for better views. The ground’s main stand, the south stand, will have four internal levels.
The ground floor will contain the club’s shop, ticket office, a gym as well as the Scarlets’ briefing room.
Level one will have a large food hall from which members can directly reach their seats.
Level two will hold a 350-seater restaurant and a bar which also leads directly to seats.
Based in Margam, Andrew Scott has particular expertise in civil engineering and building works.
Today, the company employs more than 250 people.
It has recently completed the construction of the £6m clubhouse at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, ahead of the 2010 Ryder Cup.