Cambridge City’s vision for Sawston looking brighter after tender process

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 September 2018

Artist impression of the Cambridge City FC Sawston football ground

Artist impression of the Cambridge City FC Sawston football ground

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Lilywhites get boost in latest stadium update

Cambridge City have announced optimism that the initial vision for their new stadium at Sawston could be realised.

They revealed in July that they were having to explore alternative proposals to deliver the project within the agreed financial framework because of the rise of construction and development costs in the ensuing period since initial planning permission was granted in 2014.

It meant that some of the plans may have to have been tweaked or modified.

But in an update to supporters, they have explained that architects KWA Architect and Planning Consultants are providing project management expertise to the club and, having put the work on the ground out to tender, they have had positive feedback.

It includes one company that would build the entire ground and at a price close to the club’s original budget.

City are also hoping to pursue some grant applications for the stadium.

“Following the September board meeting we are now in a position to release this encouraging news,” said City’s stadium project director Terry Dunn.

“The recent quotations from building companies provide an excellent basis for us to move forward and I and others will be busy finalising details.

“There is still a lot of work to do to get the sequencing of the development right.

“Grants need to be applied for at the right time and there will need to be some effort in getting the application right first time so it is crucial we make use of external experts in this area.

“Overall, the last month has been encouraging.”

On the pitch, City ended a three-match losing run with a 2-0 win over Coleshill Town in the Evo-Stik League South, Division One Central.

They broke the deadlock in the 12th minute as Ben Robinson’s inch-perfect cross was met by Ryan Sharman at the back post to smash home.

The lead was doubled in the 33rd minute as Sharman picked out James Hall, who powered his effort beyond the keeper.

City are away to Welwyn Garden City in the league this Saturday (September 22).

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