Wrexham AFC has appointed a contractor to redevelop the Kop end at the Racecourse ground, despite missing out on UK Government Levelling Up funding.
The EFL National League side said that following the disappointing decision by the UK Government to reject Wrexham County Borough Council’s application on behalf of the Wrexham Gateway Partnership (‘Gateway Partnership’), positive discussions have commenced around alternative funding options.
And Morgan Sindall have been appointed as the preferred contractor for the development.
The club said in a statement that the grant application to the Levelling Up Fund was for financial support towards the proposed Kop Development at the Racecourse Ground that would see the stadium able to host senior Wales internationals, bringing the national team back to North Wales.
All stakeholders of the Gateway Partnership along with the Club, remain committed to deliver the Kop Development, it added.
Shaun Harvey, Strategic Advisor to the Board said:
The decision to reject the grant application was disappointing but we always had a plan B and that is now being progressed with the Gateway Partnership.
We are working to a deadline of June 1, 2023, for construction work to commence on the Kop, so as to not to put completion for the start of the 2024/25 season at risk.
With the support of the Gateway Partnership, Morgan Sindall have been appointed as the preferred contractor for the Kop Development and they are now fully engaged with the project’s design team, to prepare for construction work to commence.
The discussions around the funding options will progress over the coming weeks to find the best possible solution among the options available to us.
PSAM editor John Sheehan caught up with Yves De Cocker, Managing Director of PitchTecConcept, who explains how his company bridges the gap between sports organisations and the technology used in the playing surface industry.
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Yves 20+ years industry leading experience in the evolution of hybrid grass, trends he has noticed and some of the notable projects he has been involved with
The key reasons for Yves launching PitchTecConcept
Common mistakes often made with playing surface management
The steps he offers as a bridge between the industry and the end user
Advice to clubs looking to maximise their event calendars without compromising on the performance of their playing surface