The £13m development of Chesterfield Football Club’s new b2net stadium at Whittingham Moor continues to remain on target for opening in July 2010.

The project has reached another milestone with a special topping out ceremony to mark the completion of all the structural steelwork and concrete terracing.

As a result the large cranes have now moved off site and, after the roofing and cladding of the stands has been completed, the focus will be on making the stadium waterproof before commencement of the internal fitting out.

Despite the recent weather, work is still ahead of programme.

Another key stage in 2010 will be the erection of the floodlight pylons, plus levelling and installation of drainage before the laying of the pitch commences on 1st March.

Although one of the last jobs will be the installation of the seats, around 1,000 seats will be installed in the main HTM Stand in January for visiting parties and potential season ticket holders to view. A visitor centre is due to be operational on site towards the end of February.

GB Building Solutions stadium project director John Currie said: "I couldn't be more happy about where we are with the building programme at the minute."

"We now have a good basis for next year to get the project finished and get some football played the pitch."

Posted on 21/12/2009