HARROGATE TOWN ENVIROVENT STADIUM EXPANSION
THE BRIEF

Harrogate Steel’s sports facility and ground improvement division, Sports Stadia, were appointed in early 2020 by Harrogate Town AFC to deliver the full design, manufacture, and erection of their brand new 900-seater cantilevered main spectator stand. At the time of the contract award the club were looking to the future and possible promotion to League 2, which meant significant ground upgrades would be required if they were to gain promotion.

THE WORKS

The Sports Stadia team designed, manufactured, and installed the 42 metre fully galvanised and cantilevered grandstand, providing a one-stop-shop, hassle-free service to the club. The work took place during the Covid-19 pandemic and while the team was still using the stadium in preparation for their National League promotion semi-final game, so it was important that training was not hindered and that the pitch was protected and segregated over the duration of the project. The Envirovent Stadium is situated adjacent to a residential area and a busy NHS ambulance station meaning access was extremely restrictive, but a flexible approach, weekend working, and a carefully managed programme ensured that this did not cause any delays to the works. The resulting facility is both Green Guide compliant and ensures the club now meets the required FA Ground Grading after successfully gaining promotion to The Football League in early August.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

Dan Worsell, Harrogate Steel’s Operations Director, said: “This stadium upgrade project included everything from the galvanised steel frame, terrace treads, bespoke filming gantry to the cladding, gutters, seating, and press tables. As our local team which we have supported with sponsorship for many years, we are proud to have designed, manufactured and installed the new stadium facilities, supporting them at what is a historic time for the Club and its fans.”

“This next phase of the ground expansion project was vitally important to our Club as we progress to League 2 and it was imperative we worked with a steel company who understood both the FA Ground Grading and ‘Green Guide’ requirements. The comfort and safety of our fans is our number one priority and Harrogate Steel understood this from the outset, ensuring it was prioritised at every stage. Our fantastic new Envirovent stadium not only meets EFL criteria, it provides more seating for our fans and supports our aim of encouraging more families from the local community to come down and enjoy the match day experience.”

Garry Plant, Managing Director at Harrogate Town AFC

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