GRS to finish Buckingham stadium job


GRS Group has been appointed to finish construction of a football stadium following the collapse of the previous contractor.  

Credit: Northampton Town Football Club.

Northampton Town Football Club chose GRS to pick up where Buckingham Group left off on its East Stand development at Sixfields Stadium.  

Buckingham started the job back in 2014. However, works were delayed when a legal dispute arose between Cilldara Group and West Northamptonshire Council over the sale of land next to the ground.  

The High Court eventually ruled in favour of the council’s proposal to sell the land to County Developments Northampton Limited, which is owned by Northampton Town FC.  

Buckingham Group, a £700 million turnover business, formally entered administration in September after 36 years of trading.   

Shortly after its collapse, Rayner Rowen Construction took over from Buckingham Group at the Anfield Road Stand site for Liverpool Football Club, and Mace at the St. Andrew’s stadium redevelopment for Birmingham City Football Club.   

Kier Group agreed to acquire all Buckingham’s rail assets and HS2 contract for £9.6 million. 

Northampton Town said part of the reason it chose GRS was because the business had sponsored Northampton Saints for many years.  

A construction timeline will be developed once designs for the stand are finalised, and once the club receives the nod from the council. 

“We are very happy to reach this important milestone,” said club chairman, Kelvin Thomas. “Having spoken to various contractors and followed a thorough tendering process, we feel that GRS offer the best solution.  

“We will now be working with GRS to finalise all aspects of the design for the stand and develop a construction timeline for them to get back on site and finish the job once we have completed all the necessary paperwork with West Northamptonshire Council.  

“As usual we will update supporters as we progress, but this is another major step towards the completion of the East Stand.” 

GRS Group CEO, Jon Fisher, added: “We are very pleased to be selected to complete the remaining works for Northampton Town Football Club on the East Stand. With our local connections we understand the importance to the club and the community of this project, and we are looking forward to getting on site, completing the job and for the fans to be using the East Stand fully once again.” 

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