Work demolishing the historic Wedlock Stand began on July 28, 2014, as Barr Construction commenced the rebuild of the Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol.
The scheme to redevelop Ashton Gate consists of three separate phases to the Wedlock, Dolman and Williams Stands. The existing 86-year-old Wedlock Stand is being demolished and completely rebuilt, with new conference facilities, administration offices, sports bar, cafe and shops created.
Demolition company the Wring Group – based in the south west – has been appointed by Barr as subcontractors on the demolition work of the Wedlock Stand.
Barclay Chalmers, Managing Director of 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.
Wring Group directors, John and Dean Wring, are avid sports fans, with Dean Wring even a former Bristol Rugby player.
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.
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.
Since the end of the football season work has been underway at Ashton Gate to prepare for the rebuild and install a new artificial playing surface. The Desso pitch, which has under soil heating, will enable both rugby and football to be played throughout the winter months on a first class surface.