Residents hear latest on cricket club development

March 01 2013

Residents gathered at Brunel Field on February 21 to hear the latest report on the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (GCCC) redevelopment.

Residents hear latest on cricket club development

Residents gathered at Brunel Field on February 21 to hear the latest report on the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (GCCC) redevelopment.

Jon Young - senior development manager at Galliford Try - informed residents that the pavilion’s structural frame was to be completed by the end of February and floor work would begin in March.

The pavilion is expected to be complete by July and, according to Mr Young, the development is “progressing well, despite recent weather conditions”.   The basement excavation of the residential flats has been completed and the building of its structural frame will continue until August. The building’s façade works are to commence in late May.

Mr Young assured residents that everything was in place to ensure that power floating - a process used to finish concrete surfaces - causes “as little nuisance as possible”. The reinforced concrete works for both projects will involve late-night power floating until the end of April. Planned works will be notified on a weekly basis. There is also a noise-monitoring station, which ensures noise levels do not exceed 72 decibels.

Galliford Try – the construction company responsible for the redevelopment – began work after the GCCC scheme received approval in May.

Residents – including the HowZat? campaign group – commended Galliford Try for sticking to start and finish times of construction, and echoed that noise levels had been bearable. They also acknowledged that the notice boards put in place were a useful form of communication.

However, residents did raise concerns about lorries congesting surrounding roads and contractors parking in residential spaces.

Resident Dominic Turner said: “There is already enough difficulty with parking, and this is only adding to an existing problem. I can only imagine how much worse this will get as the build ramps up and the number of contractors increases.”

Issues were also raised about four lorries, which had ignored instructions to avoid the Nevil Road entrance. Mr Young apologised for the inconvenience, but confirmed that these had been the only reported incidents out of 2,000 lorry movements.

Peter Hall, ground operations manager for GCCC, said: “The development will provide a top sporting venue for Bristol and the wider region, funded by the apartments being built at the Ashley Down Road end of the ground. It will be a major a centre for cricket that will put Bristol on the national and international sporting map.”

The next meeting is scheduled for May 7. For further information on the development, visit www.gloscricket.co.uk.