New contractors have been appointed to build York’s new community stadium at Monks Cross in the English cathedral city.
City of York Council has confirmed that Buckingham Group will build the 8,000 capacity stadium – which will become the new ‘home’ to both York City Football Club and York City Knights Rugby League Club.
The company replaces builders ISG, who pulled out of the project in December, and a council spokesman said pre-construction design works have now started ahead of construction work beginning this autumn.
If everything goes according to plan, York City Football Club will be playing at Monks Cross by the start of the 2019/20 season.
The community stadium project features a cinema complex, including an IMAX screen, five restaurants, and three retail units which will be run by Cineworld.
Leisure facilities will incorporate a swimming pool, gym, dance studio, and a sports hall with spectator seating.
NHS outpatient services will also be offered on-site from a community hub and there will be a new library.
Today’s news will be confirmed in an update on the project to a meeting of the council executive next week, which also says that all necessary legal agreements are expected to be signed soon.
The council has also revealed that community partner agreements are expected to be signed for the stadium complex this month with York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and York Against Cancer, adding to the existing agreements with York City Football Club and York City Knights Rugby League Club.
Councillor David Carr, leader of City of York Council, said:
I’m delighted that with our valued partners, this major project is moving forward with building work to commence soon.
The stadium and accompanying leisure facilities will benefit the whole of York, with improved facilities that will be important for communities, especially in terms of health and wellbeing, education and leisure.