The new stand delivered yesterday (Tuesday 4 August) to Point Football Club in Garrabost will have twice the number of seats as the old – and should last a lot longer.
Construction is due to start tomorrow (Thursday) after the ‘meccano-like’ kit was sent from Sussex to the Hebrides on a low-loader.
Point FC secretary Iain MacSween said the new stand has been tested for wind-strength and is built of galvanised steel to withstand Hebridean weather.
He said: “The stand was designed to our specification and made from galvanised steel, so it should last a lot longer than the last one, which was installed in 2007 when the pitch opened.
“We selected this design from Stadium Solutions because of the fact that it comes in pieces, like a giant Meccano set. We preferred that to a completed stand because it doesn’t need to be installed by a crane, which would have ruined the pitch.”
The 100-seater stand will have a specially-designed accessible area for wheelchairs, reached from the gate by a plastic webbing pathway which will make pushing chairs easier.
Iain said: “Work is to start when the construction crew arrive tomorrow and is expected to be finished by this time next week.
“We owe huge thanks to Point and Sandwick Trust, who have been behind us from the start, and to Third Sector Hebrides who have helped us through the Scottish Government’s Landfill Communities Fund to the tune of £20,000.”
The picture shows the components for the new stand as they were delivered to the site yesterday (Point FC).