Stamford AFC

New stadium for Stamford AFC alongside new college and sports facilities including a 278 entrance realignment.

Our first project with new client R G Carters saw us undertaking our largest muck shift operation to date located in the rolling countryside of southern Lincolnshire. The site itself was contained within a 6.5 hectare field previously used for farming duties on the northern peripheries of Stamford.    

Some 30,000 tonne of topsoil was stripped, stacked in bunds and sealed. This would be crucial as the topsoil would be later used to finish the grass pitches. 112,000 tonne of excavated material most in hard Limestone was excavated and carted to either the main fill area in the lowest part of the site or a 70,000 tonne permanent noise attenuation bund at the high South end of the site that required staging in terraces at permitted slope angles. The finished height, size and shape of the bund was all finished to strategic accuracy to fall in line with planning contraints. Throughout the project 2D machine control systems were being utilized to maximize production and keep varying levels of plateuas to within a fine tolerance. 

Constant surveys and volumetric calculations were carried out and analysed to ensure the quantities of excavated material, suitable for fill areas was in accordance with projected volumes. Circa 2m from surface level we hit a strata of hard limestone, its raw properties not allowing it to be directly used as a fill material this would be sent to a crushing heap or the noise bund. Heavy scrutiny of materials not only by site management but also plant operatives had to be implemented to ensure correct materials were hauled to the suitable area.

This works also had to be programmed  around a  team of archealogists who took priority over certain areas of the site once the top soil was stripped back. Add in,  a substantial crushing operation to manufacture the natural limestone as suitable fill and achieving all this during one of the wettest winters on record. It was imperative that the adverse weather conditions encountered could not delay progress so  emphasis was placed on keeping formations free from heavy plant traffic. Careful planning was put into haul roads and plant movements to save unwanted excavation. This proavtive approach would keep us comfortably within a set programme and above all avoid extra costs.

The main infrastructure works involved foundations, foul and surface water drainage systems, underground services networks, car park and externals including swales in which surface water discharged after passing through newly installed interceptor tanks. A 900m rising main foul system was also installed.

As works progressed the clients employer Quadrant were so impressed with our performance that we were appointed  main contractor to carry out £500k of 278 works. These works comprised further earthworks and site clearance, drainage, main service trunking to the new site, major A6121 alignment, re-surfacing and all new street lighting, signage and lining responsibilities.   

The project as a whole handed over on time to the delighted end user, collaboration between Stamford College, Stamford FC and Burghley Estates who owned the site.