Friday, 5.45pm: Contracts have today (11 October) been signed between Peterborough City Council and the city’s football club to start work on the redevelopment of the ground.
Council officials and representatives of Peterborough United Football Club signed the legal agreement meaning work on improving the Moy’s End stand at the club’s London Road ground can finally get under way after about three years of negotiations.
The £5million project involves the construction of an all-seater stand and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education centre for community use.
Peterborough United chief executive Bob Symns said: “As everyone is aware we have been talking to the council on a regular basis and are delighted to confirm that all documentation has been signed and that it is all systems go on the redevelopment of the Moy’s End section of the stadium.
“Work will commence imminently and I am sure everybody connected with Peterborough United is delighted with this news.”
Richard Hodgson, the council’s head of strategic projects, said: “As planned we expect to fully start work on the new Moy’s End stand and skills centre next month.
“In addition, we are currently in the final stages of preparing a planning application for the retrofit of the London Road stand.
“Since members agreed in July to allocate the additional £1 million for the retrofitting of London Road we have been progressing a series of decisions which will enable works to commence on site for the new Moy’s End and skills centre.
“For example, this has included amendments to the existing leases with the football club which will allow us access to the site to begin demolition and construction, and the letting of the contract for construction.
“The legal documents have been signed by the football club and the council today. We are now able to appoint Kier Eastern to carry out the Moy’s End redevelopment.
“One of the first things Kier will do to enable demolition will be to secure the site, disconnect systems such as those serving the turnstiles and install a temporary irrigation system and grounds store. They will also be ordering materials in preparation for the construction works to commence.
“We are obviously delighted that the project is moving forward and that the redevelopment of the ground will be well underway by the end of the year.”