Since my December Message, the prevailing weather conditions have conspired against us playing anything like the home or away fixtures programmed for January, February and the start of March. Let’s hope spring arrives with a settled period of weather to allow us catch up with our fixture commitments.
The New Spectator Enclosure
Well, it is with pleasure I report that on Friday March 4th, following a detailed inspection by the Highland Council’s Building Control Officer, the new Spectator Enclosure received its Completion Certificate, thus allowing the main contractor, Lovie's Construction, to hand over the building to us. The next home game against Turriff United in the semi finals of the Highland League (Morganti) Cup will witness the new Enclosure in full operation, which, I trust, will prove to be an epic moment for the Club.
Interestingly, when checking back my file records, I noted that the feasibility study for the new Enclosure started on March 15th 2013. Completing the initial investigation, arriving at a suitable design solution, obtaining statutory planning permission and building warrant, arranging three separate tendering processes, being unsuccessful in our major grant support application involved volumes of paperwork, resubmissions and finally, through Narden (our Main Sponsor)'s, property development expertise, whose services were made available free-of-charge to the Club, a design and build solution was arrived at, allowing the project to proceed.
The main contractor, Lovie's Construction, took effective entry to the site on October 14th, following the completion of the two separate demolition and associated groundworks contracts. An autumn / winter build involving Christmas and New Year inevitably delayed the concrete groundworks by some six weeks - however, having seen the finished article, the Club, I feel, can be justifiably proud of a job well done.
Complementing the new Enclosure is the new purpose-built access pathway designed to provide unimpeded disabled access to the 10 dedicated areas for wheelchair users located at either end of the new Enclosure. The contract also allows pitch side viewing for the disabled along the entire length of the Balblair end of the pitch without interrupting the flow of movement for others attending the game. This provision from the main entrance to Station Park to the new Enclosure is, not to my knowledge, replicated elsewhere in a football ground north of Scotland’s Central Belt.
I consider it fitting to record all those who contributed to the provision of the new Enclosure and associated access pathway. The names are not listed in any particular order:-
The Supporters’ Ground Improvement Fund, in association with the Panel Beaters’ Fund and contributors from the wider Nairnshire Community.
3 private Benefactors.
The Highland Council - Nairn Ward Discretionary Fund
The Co-operative Local Fund
Nairn County 50/50 Club
Nairn County Sportsman’s Dinner
Nairn County Football Club
Narden - Club’s Main Sponsor
7 regular volunteers, who provided valued help and assistance throughout the length of the contract carrying out a variety of contract work to keep the overall cost of the project within budget.
The Club are, indeed, privileged to have such dedication and commitment in its pursuit of ensuring the infrastructure at Station Park is at the very highest standard achievable. To you all, on behalf of the Club and myself as Chairman, a very large and genuine thank you.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter and end-of-season run of matches.
“County 'til I die”.
Chairman, Nairn County FC