Martin Griffiths, chairman of Bristol Sport, said: “It is great to finally see the demolition work begin. For months, indeed years we have been preparing for this moment. A moment when it becomes visibly real, that Bristol will have a fantastic new 27,000 capacity stadium.

“Over the next two years Ashton Gate will be transformed into a multi-use venue. The new pitch has been laid over the summer and looks fantastic – ready to welcome Bristol City and Bristol Rugby for the new season. “

Local demolition company the Wring Group revealed it is excited to be part of the rebuild project. The Directors John and Dean Wring are avid sports fans indeed Dean Wring even played for Bristol Rugby. John Wring said “Being raised in South Bristol, I have followed the stadium plans avidly and to have secured the opportunity to bring our technical knowledge and capability to this landmark project is a privilege.”

Barclay Chalmers, managing director of project lead contractors Barr Construction said: “By appointing a local company like Wring to undertake the initial demolition work, we are underlining our commitment to giving opportunities to businesses in the south west wherever possible. 

“This is a high profile project for Barr and I’m sure rugby and football supporters in Bristol will share our pleasure in seeing this first tangible sign of the creation of a new state-of-the-art sporting stadium for the city taking place.”

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