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Sawston Update - November

A landmark stage has been reached in Cambridge City's move to their new stadium at Sawston.

Work around the FWD-IP Community Stadium is making good progress, but one of, if not the most important aspect of the site has now been taken over by the club.

AT Bone has completed the handover of the main pitch for City to maintain until the rest of the development is complete.

In other latest developments, the standing terraces have now been finished, which means that the roof, crush barrier and guttering have all been added.

The base course of tarmac throughout the site has also been finished.

Despite several delays faced by Stadium Solutions, they are currently completing the steel frame of the main stand with the cold rolled purlins before cladding to complete a water tight structure, and it is hoped that there may be just a month left of work on this aspect of the build.

Elsewhere around the development, steady progress continues to be made.

The 3G pitch is now complete and will be in use soon, and a number of City's directors recently attended a training session on how to use the equipment and maintenance machinery to find out how to look after the facility.

Technical experts have been at the pitch to ensure it is perfect and up to FIFA grading when it hopes, with all of City's teams set to use the facility for training and the boys' and girls' teams playing their matches on it on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

AT Bone have started landscaping the site, which it is hoped supporters will be able to visit soon, with a community planting day planned on Sunday, November 13 for the 800 saplings that were granted to the Cambridge City Supporters' Trust as part of the Queen's Jubilee Canopy project.

"As each stage of work gets completed, it marks another step closer to use moving into the FWD-IP Community Stadium," said City chairman Kevin Satchell. "Cataloguing each stage in the process may seem small in the bigger picture of the project, but they are definitely not insignificant.

"With the main pitch being handed over to the club, and the possibility of being able to use the 3G pitch moving onto the horizon, it is exciting to see our new home develop step by step.

"We are looking forward to being able to welcome supporters to visit the site on November 13, and will be delighted for the Sawston community to join us for the planting of the new saplings."

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