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Stadium expansion under way for top Rugby club

Construction was underway yesterday on a 7,000-seat stand at the home of Gloucester RFC, league leaders of Ruby Union's Guinness Premiership.
The new £6.2M south stand at the club's Kingsholm stadium will increase capacity from 13,000 to 17,000. Work has begun following the recent demolition of the 75-year-old former stand.Ground engineering specialist Pennine has moved on site and is using a rig to insert 600 top feed vibro displacement stone columns, to depths of up to 4.5m in ground comprising fill materials and silty clays that become firmer with depth.This will increase the strength and load bearing capacity of the varied ground conditions.'The project will take a week to complete, after which we hand over to main contractor Slick Developments,' said Pennine Gloucester manager Graham Ellery.'Next time I take my seat to watch the team play, I'll feel even more part of the match.'Construction is due to finish by the end of October. Main contractor is Slick Developments, consulting engineer is Farebrother and Partners.

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