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Progress Update 26-05-16

Stadium Development Project Manager Peter Smith tracks all of the latest changes to Ashton Gate as the £45million rebuild nears completion.

As rugby players and fans nursed sore heads following Bristol’s promotion, the stadium development team used the end of the 2015-16 season as the start of preparations for 2016-17.

Within a matter of days the temporary gantry in front of the West Stand had been removed, the floodlights taken off the towers, the Winterstoke Road gates demolished and the new goalpost locations marked out.

Although the new pitch was installed two years ago, the development on the west side of the stadium meant we could only move the goals and white lines 2.5 meters. By the time the new season starts the pitch will be in its final position, a full 5 meters west of the old.

The removal of the Winterstoke Road gates has enabled McLaughlin & Harvey to crack on with external works from the site entrance all the way back in to the area immediately behind the West Stand. Once drainage, ducts and underground services are installed the whole area will be tarmaced to form the new car park and site entrance.

Meanwhile work on the West Stand itself marches on relentlessly. The player changing areas are now fully formed with showers and services installed and awaiting the final finishes. Lifts, turnstiles and kitchen equipment are now in place and being connected by specialists.

Once the final few bits of heavy equipment have been lifted onto the appropriate floors and the final seats in place, McLaughlin & Harvey will close the loading bays to give the external stadium a more finished appearance.

This phase of work coincides with them ‘breaking through’ from the West Stand into the South stand to connect up the ‘horse-shoe’ – a key feature of the stadium design. With the South Stand fully operational and the Sports Bar & Grill prepared for screening the Euros, this has required some meticulous planning between both parties.

Planning is also well under way for us to fit-out and equip the West Stand in July. With furniture, TVs and specialist IT services just a few of many items which we’ll need to install ourselves, June is likely to prove a very busy month.

Watch all of the action happen as Ashton Gate is rebuilt with our time lapse webcam here - now featuring a reverse angle view of the West Stand.

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Previous Updates

April 27th 2016
February 3rd 2016

Video Update - West Stand Roof In Place - December 10th 2015
Video Update - A Look Of The New West Stand - November 13th 2015

Video Update - The West Stand Rises - October 22nd 2015

October 8th 2015

July 30th 2015

Video Update - A Look Inside The Dolman And South Stand - July 18th 2015

Video Update - Demolition Of The Williams Stand Continues - July 3rd 2015

Video Update - The Latest Progress From Ashton Gate - June 23rd 2015

Video Update - Williams Stand Demolition Begins - June 16th 2015

Video Update - Phase Three Begins - June 4th 2015

May 22nd 2015

April 28th 2015

Video update - April 17th 2015

March 19th 2015

February 10th 2015

January 19th 2015