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Ground improvements

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Does anyone know exactly what is happening with the ground improvements at DP? Have they started and if so what exactly do you get for nearly half a million these days? I heard about new seats, a scoreboard, and some drainage. But is that it or will there be summat in the pot left for other improvements?

As a popular side dweller I'd like a rough n ready bar make over with a window in as I always miss summat when I'm in there! Lol.

Seriously though are there any other improvements on the horizon for next year?

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I think theres new changing rooms turnstiles amd toliets

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A general cosmetic spruce up all round to would be nice to give it all a fresher tidier look , but that's right about budgets with builders and the like and what you get for your dough !!! It's positive stuff though whatever .

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Dont know what were getting for nearly half a million exactly, but I know work has started as the old seats are out so far. The scratching shed roof must be getting some work done to it I would have thought, and I agree the bar facilities could do with a make over.

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We really need the drainage sorted as the speedway track is higher than the pitch. When we get a lot of rain it just runs on the pitch that has just happened in the last couple of years.

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Apparently ther is a balcony going on the popularside... thats what one of the fella who videos the games said..

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For WC games they'll need to be proper tv facilities .

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http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/contract-awarded-for-workington-rugby-stadium-revamp-1.1012662?referrerPath=home/2.1962

A Workington construction firm has been awarded the contract for the £400,000 revamp of the town’s rugby stadium ahead of the Rugby League World Cup.

Stobbarts Ltd was due to begin work on Derwent Park this week with the project expected to be completed before the start of the regular season in February.

The ground, which is home to Workington Town and speedway, will host two Rugby League World Cup in 2013.

They will be Scotland’s two group games against Tonga on Tuesday, October 29 and against Italy on Sunday, November 3.

John Stobbart, the firm’s managing director, said: “I’m pleased we have got it and looking forward to working with the directors of Workington Town the ground up to a standard for the forthcoming games

“We are trying to do the most of the work in the close season so it doesn’t effect the league games which start in February/March.

“A substantial amount of work needs to be carried out. At the back end of the season we will go back down [to the ground] and put things in place that are critical for the stageing [of the World Cup Games].”

He added: “As well as being beneficial for everybody for the World Cup it is also beneficial for Town going into the new season.”

The work will include improvements to “key areas” of the ground.

It will include structural refurbishment of the popular side of the ground; new seating in the grandstand; new floodlights; and “dramatic improvements” to the playing surface.

A media box for TV crews, drugs testing facilities and an electronic scoreboard will also be installed.

Dave Bowden, chairman of Workington Town RLFC, said: “These improvements will not only improve the World Cup spectator experience but will have a lasting legacy to be used for years to come. We are also delighted that, following a comprehensive tendering process, the work on the ground will be carried out by a local construction company in Stobbarts, who have already demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm for the project. The decision to award the World Cup to Workington is already benefiting the local economy.”

Stobbarts will be using local subcontractors for the bulk of the work and expects that the job will create up to 30 local jobs certainly for the next three to four months.

But the firm will also need help from groundwork, steelwork, scaffolding and painting sub contractors.

A very small portion of the work will be handled by subcontractors from outside the area including the work involving the new scoreboard.

And Britain’s Energy Coast has officially approved the £350,000 grant award for the ground using resources from its nuclear funding partners.

Allerdale council has also agreed to underwrite £50,000 of the anticipated total cost of £400,000.

The award has now been confirmed after the BEC Board approved a detailed application from the club.

Britain’s Energy Coast had originally ring-fenced the money back in the summer.

Rt Hon Brian Wilson, chairman of Britain’s Energy Coast, said: “I, like so many others, will be looking forward to West Cumbria putting on a great show on the global sporting stage.

“I also welcome the fact that there will be on-going benefit to Workington RLFC and that this will allow them to build a legacy for the wider community.”

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I'm not being judgemental on what gets done I just wondered what we were getting for the money. Any work the old lass gets will be all the sweeter as it's mainly money that was earmarked for the wreck!! :D

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I wonder if changes to the playing surface will include lengthening the playing area like top grounds? Would we have space for 100 metres that the WC players will be used to

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I'm not being judgemental on what gets done I just wondered what we were getting for the money. Any work the old lass gets will be all the sweeter as it's mainly money that was earmarked for the wreck!! :D

That lot down the road would have already wasted most of it by bringing in "consultants" to oversee the project!

I noticed Stobbarts were down at the ground last week.

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Apparently ther is a balcony going on the popularside... thats what one of the fella who videos the games said..

That'll be for us to sit with our feet up and a glass of nice red wine, Cato89. :D

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That'll be for us to sit with our feet up and a glass of nice red wine, Cato89. :D

Hah cant wait Keith!! :lol:

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Could we have somewhere that sells Haighs meat & tatie pies & Oxo? Cold lager outside in October..........................

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The new roof will make a big difference, glad to hear that . How much more for a big windbreak all round the town end !! But don't tamper with the burger van !

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Could we have somewhere that sells Haighs meat & tatie pies & Oxo? Cold lager outside in October..........................

How about a wooden hut outside the main stand in the car park...?

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How about a wooden hut outside the main stand in the car park...?

It used to be at the town end before the speedway started, just inside the turnstiles. Made lovely ham sandwiches as I recall and sold Haigh's pies.

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What? The Popularside toilets are getting replaced!!!!

noooooooo! save the popular side urinals!!!!! too much character and tradition to lose there!

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noooooooo! save the popular side urinals!!!!! too much character and tradition to lose there!

Those urinals should be a listed building!!!!

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There absolute honking!! Haha and a nightmare when windy :lol:

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