Morgan Sindall counts cost of cricket club steel problems

Grant Prior 8 years ago

Morgan Sindall is counting the cost of rebuilding work at Lancashire’s Old Trafford cricket ground after structural steelwork had to be retrospectively strengthened.

Remedial work is due for completion next month when Morgan Sindall will know the full cost of the repairs.

Morgan Sindall completed the original £12.3m job to improve the south east and south west stands in 2012.

But problems were discovered with the structural steel and the specialist steel contractor Sabre Structures went into administration during the build.

Lancashire County Cricket Club and Morgan Sindall issued a joint statement last year confirming the remedial work.

It said: “The project involves dismantling the top tiers of the new south east and south west stands to allow strengthening of these tiers.”

Work also involves the installation of additional structural steel to allow the removal of temporary support columns which were put in to allow the stands to open on time.

The statement added: “The support columns were installed as an intermediate measure to allow the stands to be used during the 2012 cricket season.

“They were required as a result of project delays caused by the structural steel contractor, Sabre Structures Ltd, going into administration and the need to have the stands available.

“The columns will be replaced by a solution that enhances the contemporary and elegant cantilever design of the new stands.”

Spectators had complained that the temporary supports obstructed views of the pitch from some seats.

Morgan Sindall has now nearly completed the work but would not be drawn on the final cost.

A Morgan Sindall spokesperson said it was “unable to comment on commercially sensitive information regarding individual contracts as a matter of company policy.”

The spokesperson added: “Despite difficulties which arose due to project delays caused by the structural steel contractor, Sabre Structures Ltd, going into administration during the construction of the new stands, Morgan Sindall put measures in place to ensure that players, fans and club users were not effected and the work on the stands is due for final completion in April.

“The company is pleased and proud to have delivered one of the UK’s finest sporting faciltities.”


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