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."
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.