Pontypool RFC is delighted to announce that the second phase of the club’s ambitious plans to re-develop Pontypool Park will commence this week.
Phase one works to install a secure perimeter fence around the entire rugby ground at Pontypool Park was successfully completed earlier this year. This also included the installation of a feature entrance gate, which has been warmly received by both supporters and the wider community.
The second phase of works will consist of a full renovation to the external components of the newly named ‘Ray Prosser Stand’. This will include re-cladding the rear and side elevations of the building, installing side screens to shield supporters from inclement weather, installing all new seating throughout, installing new home and away team dugouts as well as several other improvements to further enhance the aesthetic quality of the venue.
Most importantly, new signage will be installed in various locations to honour and celebrate the legacy of the most influential person to ever represent Pontypool RFC, Ray Prosser.
Pontypool RFC have appointed local contractor, TPS Construction, to carry out the works, which are expected to be completed by March 2021.
Last December, Pontypool RFC entered into a long-term lease with Torfaen County Borough Council that secured the club’s future at Pontypool Park for decades to come.
The club was afforded an initial 25-year lease term that will run to December 2044, however, this will be extended by a further 25 years to December 2069 after this second phase of works achieves practical completion next year.
Pontypool RFC will continue to keep supporters fully informed of developments as this process nears its conclusion and we thank you for your continued backing and support.
Comment from Pontypool RFC chief executive officer, Ben Jeffreys:
“This is another significant milestone in our long-held quest to transform Pontypool Park into a premier sporting venue that our supporters, volunteers and the wider community can be proud of once again.
“Since the perimeter fence was installed, we’ve been encouraged by the fact that the ground has suffered from no further acts of destructive anti-social behaviour. The fence is doing its job and we’re confident it will protect our forthcoming investment for many years to come. More importantly, it will enable us to provide a safe and clean environment for the many thousands of people who visit the ground every year.
“Whilst we currently live in uncertain times, we look forward to the day in a post-COVID world where we can welcome everyone back to a revitalised Pontypool Park and create many more lasting memories in the future. Central to that will honouring the legacy of the late Ray Prosser.”