BREAKING NEWS: Work to Northampton Town Football Club’s East Stand set to resume after six-month hiatus

Workers downed tools at the Cobblers' East Stand development in October.
Workers downed tools at the Cobblers' East Stand development in October.

Work is set to resume on Northampton Town Football club’s ill-fated East Stand development more than six months after workers downed tools at the site.

Cobblers chairman David Cardoza has announced that new terms have been agreed with contractors Buckingham Group for them to return to the site at Sixfields ‘immediately’.

David Cardoza has announced that work is due to resume at Sixfields.

David Cardoza has announced that work is due to resume at Sixfields.

He said: “I am delighted we can draw a line under this matter.

“It has been a frustrating time for the club, our supporters and for the contractor, but we can move on now and we are delighted to be able to welcome Buckingham Group back to the site.”

Mr Cardoza, said the new stand is likely to be open ‘during the early weeks of next season’.

“We have been in active, constructive dialogue with Buckingham Group for a while, and we are really looking forward to working with them again to help give this club facilities it has never had before in its history,” he added.

Chairman of Buckingham Group Paul Wheeler thanked Cobblers supporters for their ‘patience and their support’.

He added: “We share the frustrations of the supporters and following the unwelcome delay to the stadium project, we are delighted that all issues are now resolved with the club and our previous client.

“We are really looking forward to getting back on site and resuming work on the East Stand.

“We are delighted to be working with the club and to be bringing supporters the new facilities. It is excellent news for the club, the supporters and the local area.”

Problems with the stand were first mooted in August last year, when Mr Cardoza announced the works were behind the schedule by around four weeks.

The new facility, which is being built courtesy of a £12million loan from Northampton Borough Council, will include corporate boxes and the Legends’ Lounge area, paying tribute to the history of the club, as well as a large concourse and indoor family fans’ village, providing activities on match days.