Work starts on Chesterfield's new stadium

WORK has finally got underway this week on Chesterfield FC's new 10,000-plus all-seater stadium on the former Dema Glass site at Whittington Moor.

GB Building Solutions has been awarded the 11.5m building contract for the new Spireites' stadium which will feature banqueting facilities as well as bar and concourse facilities for supporters.

Preparation work on the site has been carried out in recent months and work on the new Tesco superstore, which is also part of the location's redevelopment, is already well underway.

Other mixed-use business units also make up part of the plans for the former glassworks.

The Football Foundation and East Midlands Development Agency (emda) have contributed 2.5m towards the development and hope that it will kickstart other regeneration projects around Chesterfield.

Diana Gilhespy, emda's Executive Director of Regeneration, said it was "great news" that work on the new stadium had started.

"We have invested nearly 1m in getting the site prepared to enable the development to progress to this stage," she said.

"The stadium and surrounding facilities will give a real boost to the local economy during these difficult times."

Funding for the new stadium has also been provided by new Chesterfield FC majority shareholder Dave Allen, who was given the go-ahead to invest in the club by the Football League last month and has put 6m towards the cost of the Spireites' new home.

GB is also responsible for developing external works to the 10,388-seater stadium, including car and coach parking and landscaping, with building expected to take 50 weeks.

Chesterfield FC will play at its existing Saltergate ground for the forthcoming 2009/10 season before relocating to the new ground next summer for the 2010/2011 season.