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Thursday, 12th Feb 2004 00:00

Stadium Dream Is Real Deal

Stadium Dream Is Real Deal

Swansea Council Press Release

BUILDERS are winning the race to open Swansea's £24m White Rock stadium in time for the city's leading soccer and rugby teams to take up residence next year.

Work to put in place the steel skeleton of the landmark venue is going ahead this month, giving solid shape to the dream of a 20,000-seat home for Swansea City FC and the Neath-Swansea Ospreys.

Over the next four months or so 2,500 tonnes of pre-fabricated steel work will be delivered, assembled and erected on site by the steel-work sub-contractor, the South Wales firm Rowecord Engineering.

The venue - opposite the former Morfa Stadium site - will be one of the most modern in the UK. The pitch will be able to cope with 60 matches a season as well as host major stadium-style concerts.

It's been designed by TTH Architects who also designed Sunderland's Stadium of Light, and the structural engineering design has been carried out by URS corporation who also worked alongside Interserve at Murrayfield.

White Rock will also provide a base for community projects such as the open access Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme which is currently held at the Vetch Field.

The steel outline of the four different levels of the West Stand are now visible, towering above the flattened area that will eventually form the pitch.

The foundations were completed in January this year, and the stadium is anchored by 1,450 piles hidden in the ground, which would, if laid out end to end, stretch almost 13 miles.

Swansea council leader Lawrence Bailey who visited the site with Cabinet member for development, Byron Owen, said, "It is an amazing experience to stand here and see this project taking shape.

"We have created a partnership with the clubs and joined with the private sector to achieve what no-one has been able to do. White Rock is not just a major step forward in the Swansea sporting agenda, it is up-front physical evidence of this council's ability to deliver."

Swansea Council secured the deal to build White Rock in the middle of last year when, after months of negotiations the Council sold the former Morfa Stadium site to developers, Capital and Regional Plc to build a leisure and retail complex.

The funds from that deal are helping finance the new stadium which is linked to the retail site via a new road and pedestrian bridges. Interserve were appointed as the stadium contractor in September and work began on site a few weeks later.

Caption: Lawrence Bailey (right) and Councillor Byron Owen at White Rock

Why not check out the latest Vetch Verdict on the BBC site?

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