Ambitious works to transform Bury St Edmunds’ Victory Ground into state of the art community sport facilities are running a month ahead of schedule.
The £2.1 million project to develop a new sports hall and community cricket pavilion on the site, in Nowton Road, is nearing completion and the facilities are expected to be ready for use in October and November respectively.
The development has been spearheaded by the Bury Cricket Club, South Lee School and Sporting 87 Football Club.
David Barker, vice-chairman of the school, said: “Everyone who has seen it has just been gob-smacked. There will be nothing to rival it as far as sports facilities in East Anglia.
“Teams who come to play cricket or football will just be astounded by what they’re going to find – it’s such a high standard.
“We’re a month ahead of schedule and it’s amazing because we started in January.”
Barnes Construction is in the process of completing the contract but there are other works in the pipeline such as the installation of a bar and kitchen in the cricket pavilion.
The floor in the sports hall was being put down this week, four indoor cricket nets need to be set up and the sports hall floor markings laid down.
Mr Barker said they would officially open the facilities in the spring.
The pavilion will be run by the Bury Cricket Club for the community and local sports clubs. The sports hall will be used by South Lee School but will be available for the community outside of school hours. The school supplied a large proportion of funding for the project as well as The England and Wales Cricket Board.
The project was made possible after the site was sold by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.