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."
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.