Break in rugby action sees next phase of building begin at Franklin’s Gardens

Work beginning at Franklin's Gardens
Work beginning at Franklin's Gardens

Work has begun on connecting the redeveloped stand at Franklin’s Gardens to the rest of the stadium.

Trenches are being dug over the next fortnight and cables installed to link up the Barwell Stand.

We are committed to having the Barwell Stand seating finished in early November

At present many services, such as fire alarms, gas supply are stand-alone within the Sturtridge Pavilion, and it will be the first time the entirety of Franklin’s Gardens will be connected in this way.

The club is starting the work now because there will now be no rugby at the Gardens for three weeks.

Saints chairman Tony Hewitt said: “The Barwell Stand is a complicated project, and it is important that works such as those being carried out over the next couple of months.

“We are committed to having the Barwell Stand seating finished in early November, and with such a tight schedule we need to take advantage of these periods in order to get everything in place ahead of the actual build itself.”

The club has said the Barwell Stand is the most complicated of any of the stages of the development of Franklin’s Gardens undertaken over the past 15 years.

They say the enabling works are essential to keep this summer’s building work stays on schedule.

Later, during April - a month that will see no rugby being played at Franklin’s Gardens - improved drainage will be installed in front of Church’s.

This period will also see the war memorial removed and cleaned, before being put into storage ahead of its repositioning in the corner between the Barwell and Tetley’s Stands.

This work is being paid for and organised by the Crooked Hooker (Past Players Association), and they and the club will also be liaising closely with the club’s chaplain over the removal and re-internment of a number of burial urns that have been located next to the war memorial over the last few decades.

-With around 1,900 seats that will be wider than those elsewhere in the stadium, the Barwell Stand will also include a larger hospitality suite seating up to 270 people, 12 executive boxes and a ground floor members’ bar approximately 50 percent bigger than currently.

-There will also be improved disabled facilities with viewing positions on three levels,

-Season tickets in the Barwell Stand for 2015/16 are on general sale, and more than a quarter of the available seats have been booked