Millers make more progress

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with work planned to start on Rotherham United’s new stadium this summer, there have been further stages of progress as the club contemplate having their £20 million home ready in under 15 months’ time.

With ground levels on the land - at the old Guest and Chrimes foundry site next to the town centre - needing to be raised, planning permission has now been granted for that particular work to commence.

Meanwhile, the search for local ‘talent’- but in this case off the field - will get underway today when local businesses are to meet representatives of the firm who will be building the 12,000 seater stadium.

Permission has been granted, through the Borough Council, for the raising of site levels at Don Street which is where the ground will be.

The stadium will be alongside the river and the raising of the ground level will form part of the next phase of the town’s flood-protection defence scheme by providing further protection from flooding for the town centre.

There are already flood-protection schemes both up river and down river from the stadium site.

The club and the company which is to build the stadium, GMI Construction, hold an event at Magna today to raise the awareness of potential opportunities for local sub-contractors regarding the building of the stadium and all related aspects.

Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart commented: “The Community Stadium will be a major asset for the town and will benefit the community and local economy for years to come.

“The club has a strong culture and history of supporting local people and local businesses and we are committed to continuing with this valuable work and so local businesses will have a real opportunity to be part of the supply chain for this iconic development.”

The club say they are fully committed to working in collaboration with the ‘local supply chain’ whilst GMI Construction say they have a commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The club say groundwork at the stadium site is “imminent”.

Rotherham unveiled stadium plans in February and expect to be in moving in by August 2012.