A major announcement has been made today about Scunthorpe United's new stadium.
One of the leading stadium contractors in the UK has been appointed to build the Iron's new home.
Buckingham Group Contracting will carry out the building work on the striking state-of-the-art stadium designed by the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP).
The contractor was appointed by the club in conjunction with FWP.
It means the club is now in a position to start building work on the new ground.
The company, which is based near Silverstone in Northamptonshire, has a portfolio of high-profile work including Silverstone Wing, the Copper Box - made famous during the London 2012 Olympics – Stadium MK and the Amex Stadium in Brighton, both of which will be used during this year’s Rugby World Cup.
Scunthorpe United hopes to move into the state-of-the-art 12,000 capacity all-seater ground for the start of the 2016-17 season after being given the green light for the development by North Lincolnshire Council.
The stadium is part of a masterplan for a multi-million pound out-of-town football and leisure development created by FWP’s architecture and design team for the club on a site near its present Glanford Park ground.
The overall FWP plan also includes a 100-bed hotel, a multi-use indoor arena; community sports pitches and, potentially, indoor and outdoor bowling facilities.
The new home for the League One side will have club and executive facilities, a gym, office space and areas for commercial development as well as a club venue and supporters’ bar.
A sweeping curve on the main stand designed by FWP is enhanced by a striking truss that pays homage to Scunthorpe’s steelwork history.
Buckingham Group Contracting, with regional offices in Warrington and Bristol, has nearly 60 years of experience in the public and private sector.
It provides a range of stand-alone or fully integrated services in building, civil engineering, demolition, land remediation and restoration, facilities management, sports and leisure and rail.