Early works start on York Community Stadium site
Another milestone has been reached on the York Community Stadium and commercial project, which from this week sees the first stage of early works commencing on the Huntington site, paving way to lay the groundwork for construction early next year. Early works are expected to take place for three months and include improvements to increase the capacity of the Monks Cross Park&Ride site and demolish Huntington Stadium and Waterworld. Cllr Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: “This is an important step forward for the project and we’re delighted works on site are now starting. We’re committed to delivering this project which looks to provide an exciting mix of high-quality community and commercial leisure facilities for residents and visitors.” Cllr Chris Steward, Leader of City of York Council, said: “We’re continuing our commitment to delivery of the stadium and these early works are a key moment for this project, marking the first real stage of works on site. This will lay the foundations for the main construction of the York Community Stadium next year, to bring top-class facilities to York.” Danny Murray, ISG’s Northern regional managing director, commented: “The commencement of the enabling works phase is an important and highly visible milestone, as we mark the first construction activity to take place on this major leisure and retail destination. Today represents the culmination of over three years’ of intense planning and coordination between the scheme’s key stakeholders and it’s an exciting time for everyone involved and for the wider community as progress get underway.” The contractor carrying out the work is ISG who will be responsible for site safety. In order to carry out these works safely a temporary road closure of Kathryn Avenue will be in place which may impact Park&Ride bus services. With the works taking place and the additional volumes of traffic experienced in the run up to Christmas, residents are advised to plan ahead using the i-Travel journey planner at www.itravelyork.info. The York Community Stadium will provide a new 8,000 seat stadium for football and rugby league, a leisure facility which will include a gym, 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool, a fun pool and training pool, as well as a new sports hall and dance studio. The Community Hub on site will provide bespoke facilities for project partners with a focus on promoting health and wellbeing for York residents and visitors. The development also includes a number of new retail units restaurants and a multi-screen cinema complex.