Demolition of Franklin’s Gardens stand gets under way

The start of the demolition of the old stand to make way for the new development at Franklin's Gardens.  Pictured: Project manager Brett Kanjurs. NNL-150528-152054009
The start of the demolition of the old stand to make way for the new development at Franklin's Gardens. Pictured: Project manager Brett Kanjurs. NNL-150528-152054009

The first signs of a new stand at Franklin’s Gardens will come in July, the head of the building project has said.

Admitting the construction schedule for the new Barwell Stand is “very, very tight” Brett Kanjurs, from the Buckingham Group said people living in St James will be able to see the steel frame in two months’ time.

Speaking on the first day of demolition work of the Sturtridge Pavilion, he said: “We are looking at four weeks from now until it’s completely flattened “It won’t be until July when you’ll see the first signs of what will be the new stand and the frame will be complete about eight weeks after that.”

Next the Barwell Stand will have pre-cast concrete lift shafts and seating areas lifted into place,

Buckingham Group hope the roof will be installed by September and the whole project, which includes new conference facilities will be finished by Christmas.

Chairman Tony Hewitt said he has mixed emotions about the demise of the iconic Sturtridge stand.

He said: “I feel very sad, it’s been there for such a long time and feels like part of the place.

“But what an atmosphere we’ll have when the new one opens.”

Buckinghams said they have rare permission to work round the clock seven days a week but will only do so if they fall behind schedule.

Otherwise they intend to work from 7am until 6pm Monday to Friday.