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Port Talbot Construction Firm Begins Multi-Million Pound Stoke City Stadium Project

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Award winning construction company Andrew Scott Ltd has begun work revamping Stoke City Football Club’s home ground. As part of the £6 million contract, Stoke City’s Bet365 Stadium, formerly the Britannia Stadium, will be modernised increasing its current capacity of 27,902 to more than 30,000, which is great news for football fans as they look forward to the 2017/18 season.

The expansion plans, which started in February 2017, are expected to be completed in time for the beginning of the new season in August 2017. The works will be the first major transformation project to be completed at the Premier League club’s Bet365 Stadium since its doors officially opened back in 1997.

“The successful delivery of stadia and major sports projects forms a key part of our construction strategy. Working in partnership with Stoke City F.C., this contract will become another example of our expertise and pedigree in this sector,” said Mark Bowen, Managing Director at Andrew Scott Ltd.

This high profile project comes following a string of other stadium projects, in fact Andrew Scott has been building their stadia expertise for the past 100 years. Just some of the exciting sports and leisure facilities that they have lead the development of include the Partick Thistle Stadium (1910), Cardiff Arms Park (1960), the 2010 Ryder Cup Clubhouse at the Celtic Manor Resort, Swansea City Football Club’s training facilities, Parc Y Scarlets Stadium in Llanelli, the Ageas Bowl for Hampshire County Cricket Club, and Rodney Parade for the Gwent Dragons in Newport.

During this particular contract for Stoke City Football Club a number of expansion and improvement works will take place over a six-month period.

“Just under 17,000 seats will be replaced whilst the south east corner of the ground will be filled in. In addition to this additional disabled bays will be introduced in line with the latest Accessible Stadia Guide recommendations. The stadium’s existing big screen will be replaced with two LED big screens, controlled from a new media centre as part of the upgrade, offering a view of all the match-day action for supporters at the south east and north west corners of the ground. The expansion of the Bet365 stadium will create an exceptional spectator experience to rival the best in the Premier League,” concluded Mark.

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