AFC Fylde stadium project is set to kick off

PLAN: David Haythornthwaite, chairman of AFC Fylde, with Richard Kenworthy, managing director of Warden Construction

PLAN: David Haythornthwaite, chairman of AFC Fylde, with Richard Kenworthy, managing director of Warden Construction

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Work on building a new stadium for soccer club AFC Fylde is set to begin this week in Lancashire.

Based at Mill Farm Sports Village at Wesham,near Kirkham, the 6,000 capacity project will include a modern 2,000 all-seated main stand with supporters’ bar, restaurant, nursery, executive boxes, offices and a function room.

It is part of a wider scheme comprising state-of-the-art all weather pitches, a full-sized floodlit football pitch, a food store, a petrol station, hotel and a public house.

The project will see AFC Fylde benefit from upgraded facilities and generate more than 400 jobs for local people.

Kirkham-based Warden Construction will deliver the project, which is expected to complete in March 2016 and will include public footpaths, highway works and landscaping.

David Haythornthwaite, chairman of AFC Fylde, said: “We’re delighted that work is starting on site and particularly happy we were able to award the contract to Warden which, like us, is a local family run business.”

Richard Kenworthy, managing director at Warden Construction, added: “We’re proud to have won this prestigious contract, which will help put AFC Fylde on the map both locally and in the world of football. We have plenty of experience in sports-related projects for local authorities and universities and are looking forward to getting started.”

Currently second in the Vanarama Conference North League, AFC Fylde has won 19 games this season and has ambitious plans to be in the Football League within 10 years. David added: “We’ll be endeavouring to ensure that at least 80 per cent of the supply chain packages go to local businesses.”