The note below is HowZat?’s best attempt to piece together the information on how the redevelopment of the County Ground is likely to evolve, pinpointing some issues of concern.

PAVILION

Work on the Pavilion at the Nevil Road end was scheduled to start on 15th October 2012. 

This will consist of partial demolition of the Pavilion (removing part of roof and front) – 4 to 5 weeks.

Foundations for Pavilion extension – approx 4 weeks

Starting after Christmas - Building the frame for the extension of the Pavilion and completing the building – finishing in July 2013

BS7 Gym/Sports Hall will be largely unaffected (apart from integrating some of the services).

RESIDENTIAL FLATS

Preparation for building the flats for Linden Homes will begin late October/early November 2012. This will include defining the site and putting up hoardings, removing designated trees, removing and storing the scoreboard, laying out car parking behind Kennington Avenue for GCCC, BS7 users and demolishing the Jessop stand.

Construction of flats will then begin with the construction of the underground car park

A 3m high acoustic fence will be erected behind the school.  Piles will be inserted into the ground (by rotation – not straight pile driving) behind the cricket nets and behind school sprinkler tank to retain the ground. Apart from this the underground car park will be constructed by an open cast method digging a trench with sloping sides. If stone lies under the surface then hammer equipment will be used to break up the rock. This could increase the noise.

Equipment will monitor the level of vibrations generated by the work and will lead to a reassessment of the work if it reaches certain levels.

All the underground car park will be completed as a first phase of works. The next phase is to start building the flats at the College end. The flats are split into four blocks A-D with A at the Kennington Road end and D at the Mound Stand end. C and D will be constructed first and D will be fitted out. Further progress on building A and B and fitting out C will depend on market forces i.e. can the flats be sold?  If market forces are unfavourable   the construction of the second half of the building (blocks A and B) could be stopped at the first floor slab (the first floor being the shop and offices) until sufficient flats had been sold in blocks C and D. The entrance to the ground is between blocks B and C.

MOUND STAND

Construction of the new Mound Stand is not scheduled to start until September 2013.

CONSTRUCTION - GENERAL

Currently it is anticipated that all construction will be completed by Spring 2017, the licence period for the use of the construction compound, but this timescale could be extended.

All the construction work will be undertaken by GallifordTry. The Project Manger is Jon Young. GallifordTry have undertaken to liaise with Skanska who are building the school extension and Persimmons who are refurbishing/rebuilding Allen House.

The construction works will generally be kept to the hours of 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday and        8 a.m. - 1p.m. on Saturday.

As construction of the flats will involve pouring concrete this may necessitate working into the evening on occasion and residents will be notified, apparently by semaphore using flags!

TRAFFIC AND PARKING

All construction traffic will enter and leave the site via College Mews and Ashley Down Road.  The Council Highways Department are being consulted on the route from there e.g.  up Ashley Down Road to A38 or down to M32 perhaps via Ralph Road to Muller Road. Deliveries will be between 8am-6pm (apart from delays caused by traffic!). During excavation of the underground car park there will be approx 50 lorries a day (i.e. 100 journeys). Lorries will be controlled on leaving the site.

Construction workers will be encouraged to park off site and be ferried in but there appears no way that this could be enforced so parking in adjacent streets is likely to take place. At the maximum there are likely to be up to 100 workers on site.

THE SCHOOL

Construction of the extension for the Ashley Down Primary school ( Brunel Field) was also due to start in mid October  on the Arthur Milton Street side of the school  and to include  construction of a new school  entrance at the end of Arthur Milton Street. (N.B. Safety concerns re access to school from College Mews with construction traffic).

The limited pedestrian access to the school via Nevil  Road during school terms will continue as far as possible during construction but may have to be stopped at times if the site is considered too dangerous. The supervision of the children is regarded as the responsibility of parents/carers. Discussions are taking place between the City Council and the Cricket Club with the view to installing a better and safer way-marked path once the construction work has finished.

FURTHER MEETINGS AND INFORMATION

Following the initial meeting for residents held on 9th October the GCCC have agreed to another one on Tuesday 27th November at 7.00pm once work has started and will then thereafter hold quarterly meetings. If Councillors became very concerned about local issues they would have the right to ask for a special ad hoc meeting.

The GCCC said it would post information on its web site updating on the project including the site plan circulated at the meeting.

If there are any complaints or issues with the construction activity then GCCC volunteered Peter Hall, Ground Operation Manager as a first point of contact.

Contact Details:

Direct Telephone 0117 9108007;     Mobile 07768 552 633      email:

 It is important that these are raised directly as and when they occur. The types of complaint and the response may then be published on the GCCC website.

HowZat? would be pleased to be copied into issues raised and response given so we can monitor  the real issues of concern and whether they are being resolved

  HowZat?   17/10/12                                                                                                       

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