GLOUCESTER Rugby will begin ground-breaking developments on Monday - quite literally - when work on the installation of a new sewer system at Kingsholm starts.
It will mark the beginning of the Grandstand development at the ground that will begin officially in March but the completion of the sewer system is a crucial starting point in the plans.
The development means there will be no access to the car park - either for parking or on foot and the club has been forced to withdraw permission for this until the building work has been completed.
The existing Victorian sewer system is situated under the current Grandstand development and will be extended and diverted from one end of the car park to the other.
"Although we appreciate this very necessary work will cause some disruption it is at the same time very exciting because it means work on the Grandstand has effectively started," managing director Ken Nottage told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"An awful lot of work has been accomplished in developing this project and very soon we will be in a position to start work on the main structure."
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