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Work on football stadium in EE resumes next month

FIFA approved installation expert, Heribert Hammes (2nd from right) discusses the construction of the FIFA stadium in East End with contractor Dion Stoutt (left) and BVIFA President Andy Bickerton (2nd from left). Photo: Provided
The FIFA stadium in East End is estimated to be completed early next year. Photo: VINO/File
The FIFA stadium in East End is estimated to be completed early next year. Photo: VINO/File
EAST END, Tortola, VI – The installation of the new artificial football pitch and stadium in the East End/Long Look area took a significant step forward on Friday September 23, 2016 with the announcement that the work will recommence on October 17, 2016.

The project has moved into high gear once again, with the arrival of Heribert Hammes, a FIFA approved installation expert, who has vast experience in overseeing such projects.

BVI Football Association (BVIFA) President, Andy Bickerton was also on site and following the end of a series of visits and meetings was pleased to declare that the project at East End/Long Look will re commence on October 17, 2016 and has an estimated conclusion date of end of January, early February 2017.

The BVIFA is also pleased that everything went smoothly between all the parties and, with the forecast finish date of the installation and flood lights, are hopeful to stage the finals of the BDO Primary and BVIFA High School Leagues at the new stadium, on a first class playing surface.

Work to be done

According to Mr Bickerton, once the pitch and lights are installed then the next stage will be the ground floor of the main stand, which includes changing areas, office space and other amenities, whilst the final stage will be the addition of seating and roof over the stand.

Mr Hammes hit the ground running after an early morning arrival from Puerto Rico and met with Mr Bickerton, as well as Mr Dion Stoutt at the site in East End/Long Look.

Although there were some technical details to thrash out with the architect, generally Mr Hammes was happy with the work done so far with levelling and compaction.

The final markings to designate the parameters of the playing surface, drainage areas, grass track and floodlight pylons were all being assessed with the architect and Mr Hammes also made suggestions on the depth and size of drainage pipes to allow for the most efficient removal of water, as well as the type of fill for the drainage and the way pitches are designed to slope.

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