Rotherham United Football Club has moved a step closer to their new home as construction begins on the site.

Preparation work is underway raising the ground level by two metres as part of the flood alleviation plans for the site. This involves transporting 54,000 cubic metres of material to the development area over a nine week period.

Millers’ chairman Tony Stewart and director Richard Stewart visited the site for the official ground breaking ceremony. Stewart told "Supporters driving into Rotherham along Centenary Way will be able to see real progress on the site, and I think that is really exciting. GMI have worked very quickly and already they have made a huge difference to the site.

"I am told that within six weeks the ground will have been raised by two metres, and I am confident that we will meet that deadline. They are working on the new council building and that project is progressing well and I know the council are very impressed by them, so I am confident that they, along with Gleeds, will be able to deliver the new stadium on time."

The stadium is being built by GMI Construction who was present for the official ceremony. Project manager Paul Whitaker added: “We are delighted to kick off the construction work for what will become a renowned stadium in the region for years to come.

"This type of project epitomises the community spirit of a town like Rotherham and allows a wide range of stakeholders to get involved throughout the development process."

The new 12,000-seater stadium has been designed as part of a master plan for the area which will offer other features such as conference and banqueting facilities. The main phase of construction work is due to commence in summer 2011 with completion in time for the 2012/13 football season.

Posted on 20/06/2011