Esh Border Construction has completed a second phase of flood restoration work at Brunton Park in time for Carlisle United Football Club’s first home game of the season.
The Cumbria club had originally appointed the Carlisle-based construction firm as main contractor on a first phase of repair works following Storm Desmond in December.
At that time Esh Border focused on the restoration of the dressing rooms, electrics, running water and catering, working steadily across the Christmas and New Year period.
The League Two club was so impressed by the speed and efficiency of the remedial works that it asked the company to return for the next stage.
Alongside Story Contracting, the construction firm began a second programme of work focused on restoring other areas of the stadium and surrounding facilities, which included repairing and revitalising the 6,000-seater East ‘Pioneer Foods’ Stand, the Neil Sports Centre, the literacy-improving ICT Study Centre for youngsters, and two properties used as living quarters by playing staff.
Brunton Park and its facilities are now fully operational and ready for tonight’s visit of Port Vale in the first round of the League Cup.
Esh Border Construction’s regional managing director, Stephen Wilkie said: “We were delighted to work with Carlisle United once again in restoring Brunton Park back to working use after last year’s flood devastation.
“As a local company, the first phase of works immediately became much more than just a job for us, and that was the case once again. Brunton Park is a community resource in so many ways, and it’s great to now see regular users returning and making the most of its restored facilities.
“In particular, the popular Neil Centre suffered significant structural and flood damage, so the process of returning it to full use was a considerable one, achieved in partnership with several other companies.
“It’s been hugely gratifying to see the dozens of sports clubs and community groups that used it previously now enjoying its great facilities once more.
“Of course, the Neil Centre is also a significant source of revenue for the club, so its return to use was also very important in that regard.
“We wish Carlisle United every success for the coming season.”
The club’s sales and marketing director, Phil King said: “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.
“They haven’t let us down, delivering another brilliant, hugely dedicated job across various facilities, both in and around the stadium.
“It’s great to be able to welcome back our fans and community users as we look to return to normality for an exciting 2016-17 season and achieve new successes on and off the park – and we thank Esh Border Construction for playing a big role in helping us to do that.”