Esh Border Construction Rebuild Flood Hit Carlisle United Time New Football Season

In time for Carlisle United Football Club’s first home game of the season, Esh Border Construction has completed the second phase of flood restoration work at Brunton Park.

Following Storm Desmond in December, the Cumbria club initially appointed the Carlisle-based construction firm as the main contractor on a first phase of repair works.

Esh Border concentrated on the restoration of the dressing rooms, electrics, running water, and catering at the time, working steadily throughout the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The League Two club was so impressed with the speed and efficiency of the remedial work that it invited the company back for the next stage.

Along with Story Contracting, the construction firm began a second phase of work focused on restoring other areas of the stadium and surrounding facilities, such as the 6,000-seat East ‘Pioneer Foods’ Stand, the Neil Sports Centre, the literacy-improving ICT Study Centre for children, and two properties used as living quarters for playing staff.

Brunton Park and its facilities are now fully operational and ready for Port Vale’s visit in the first round of the League Cup tonight.

“We were delighted to work with Carlisle United once again in restoring Brunton Park to working use after last year’s flood devastation,” said Stephen Wilkie, regional managing director of Esh Border Construction.

“As a local company, the first phase of work quickly became much more than just a job for us, and this was the case once more.” Brunton Park is a community resource in so many ways, and it’s wonderful to see regular users returning and taking advantage of the park’s newly restored facilities.

“Because the popular Neil Centre suffered significant structural and flood damage, the process of restoring it to full use was lengthy, and it was accomplished in collaboration with several other companies.”

“It’s been incredibly gratifying to see the dozens of sports clubs and community groups that used to use it now enjoy its fantastic facilities again.”

“Of course, the Neil Centre is also a significant source of revenue for the club, so its return to use was critical in that regard as well.”

“We wish Carlisle United all the best for the upcoming season.”

“Esh Border Construction did a fantastic, speedy job when called upon for the first phase of works, so we didn’t hesitate in asking them to tender for the important second stage,” said the club’s sales and marketing director, Phil King.

“They haven’t let us down, delivering another brilliant, incredibly dedicated job across a variety of facilities both inside and outside the stadium.”

“It’s great to be able to welcome back our fans and community users as we look to return to normalcy for an exciting 2016-17 season and achieve new successes on and off the field – and we thank Esh Border Construction for playing a big role in that.”

Last Updated on December 29, 2021

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