Bournville’s new ground at Sandon Road in Edgbaston remains on course for completion in time for the start of next season despite the recent cold snap.
Contractors Logmoor have already completed work on the steel framework of the clubhouse and are due to start work on the roof and brickwork this week. The clubhouse is on course to be completed in July.
Most of the work on the artificial grass pitch has also been completed. All that remains is for delivery and fitting of the grass carpet next month with the aim of the pitch being ready for use in pre-season training.
The base for the artificial pitch has already been laid and the finishing touches, the laying of the grass carpet, are due to be completed in the middle of next month.
One grass pitch is scheduled to be ready for use in September and a second in December.
The 14-acre site was formerly Avery Berkel’s recreation ground and was unused for around 30 years. It is now being brought back into use as a state-of-the art community rugby facility.
The land was owned by Persimmon Homes and linked to a Section 106 Agreement with Birmingham City Council and Sport England which protected the site for community sports use and allowed for it to be gifted to Bournville alongside a capital contribution to help towards redevelopment costs.
The new facility will comprise a floodlit all weather artificial grass pitch, two full-size grass pitches plus the 7,500 sq. ft. clubhouse. The building will accommodate four en-suite team changing rooms, two referee changing rooms plus a physiotherapy treatment room at ground floor level. The first floor will provide an office, cafe bar and restaurant area that will also double up as large community function space which will be available for hire.