A Fylde building firm is celebrating after being awarded the contract to construct a football stadium as part of an £18m retail development.
Kirkham-based Warden Construction has won the right to build a new home for AFC Fylde at the Mill Farm development off Fleetwood Road in Wesham.
The 6,000 capacity project will include a modern 2,000 all-seated main stand with supporters’ bar, restaurant, nursery, executive boxes, offices and a function room.
The stadium is part of a wider scheme including state-of-the-art all weather pitches, a full-sized floodlit football pitch, food store, petrol station, hotel and public house and is expected to provide 400 jobs in the area.
Richard Kenworthy, managing director at Warden Construction, said the development would generate plenty of opportunities for Fylde-based suppliers.
He added: “We’re proud to have won this prestigious contract, which will help put AFC Fylde on the map both locally and in the world of football.
“We have plenty of experience in sports-related projects for local authorities and universities and are looking forward to getting started.
“This project will generate several employment opportunities both at our head office and on site and we’ll be endeavouring to ensure that at least 80 per cent of the supply chain packages go to local businesses.
“We’ll also be liaising with residents to ensure their concerns are taken on board and any disruption is kept to a minimum.”
The Mill Farm project was given general planning consent by Fylde Council last year but because of various legal requirements the start of work was delayed until this month.
The project is expected to be completed in March 2016 and will include public footpaths, highway works and landscaping.
David Haythornthwaite, chairman of AFC Fylde, said: “We’re delighted that work is starting on site and particularly happy we were able to award the contract to Warden which, like us, is a local family run business.
“It’s been a long road but we’re finally here and pleased that within a year we will have some excellent facilities in place that will bring the community together and provide a place to enjoy time with friends and family, while supporting their football team.”