Emerald Bay Scores Local Goal with Warrington Wolves
Warrington’s Rugby Heritage stretches back as far as 1879 and the town’s team and supporters have continued to play a key role in defining its identity ever since. As a Warrington company, it’s a part of the town’s civic pride that we understand very well, so when Warrington Wolves announced plans to extend the club’s Halliwell Jones stadium, we were keen to bring our local knowledge to the scheme.
Warrington Wolves originally opened the Halliwell Jones stadium as a 13,000 seat venue in 2003, and the club’s plans were to extend that to a 15,000 seat capacity in time for the 2012 season. The additional capacity will not only allow more rugby fans to attend matches but it is also seen by the club as an important improvement that will help them present a credible bid to host Rugby League World Cup matches in 2013.
Dominic Jude, Managing Director of Emerald Bay comments: “We have worked on the site previously when it was occupied by the Tetley walkers brewery, so we understood the challenges of operating on this specific site. We also understood the importance of the project to both the club and the wider Warrington community so we were delighted when Warrington Wolves made it clear that they wanted to appoint a local team wherever possible.”
Emerald Bay won the groundworks contract for the stadium expansion programme, undertaking the substructure and drainage for the North East and South East quadrants. The programme included management of the piling works to ensure that work was carried out in the correct locations along with construction of both the brickwork and scaffolding for both quadrants.
Dominic continues: “From the outset our commitment was to deliver a quality result that would enhance the stadium and its capabilities without causing any disruption to either the club or the fans. We were also clearly focused on delivering all of that within the confines of the client’s budget and worked closely with the engineers to ensure that any design changes for the stadium extension project did not exceed the budget. The result was a scheme that was not only delivered on time and within budget but one that fulfils the client’s high quality standards in every detail across both the structure and the finishes.”
Warrington Wolves continued to host games throughout the 24 week programme and, while we planned the programme meticulously, Emerald Bay was able to remain flexible enough to ensure that the site was clear and accessible on match days. Our knowledge of the site and the local area also meant that the team was able to respond quickly to any unforeseen issues during the groundworks and work with the club to minimise any disruption to local residents and businesses.