Construction for Aberdeen’s £50mn stadium to commence in June
The stadium and training facilities, located in Kingsfor...
Aberdeen FC has announced that construction for its new stadium is scheduled to begin in June.
The stadium and training facilities, located in Kingsford, are anticipated to cost £50mn (US$70.24mn) and create 150 jobs.
The site was previously to be built in Loirston, but the plans were dropped.
The stadium will have a capacity of 20,000 seats and will be accompanied by a football academy with outdoor pitches and a pavilion covering 24.5 hectares.
The £10mn ($14.05mn) football academy will be the first phase of the project – which will be built before the team move to the new stadium.
Plans for the stadium were put on hold in October 2017, and later approved in January 2018.
“These contract awards signal the beginning of a new era,” commented Raymond Edgar, Project Director.
“After 18 years in the planning, we are finally able to start work on our vision for the club, the community and the wider region.”
“Some of the significant economic benefits promised will be realised immediately through these contracts, which will be awarded to local companies, wherever possible.”
“The north-east boasts a strong construction supply chain with the necessary skills, expertise and track record for these works and it’s our intention to source local first.”
“Where the expertise required is not offered locally, we will seek to find contractors from Scotland and then the rest of the UK.”
“It may be, for example, that the principal contractor is a national firm but they will adopt the subcontractors appointed by the club.”
The current stadium used by Aberdeen FC, Pittodrie Stadium, is intended to be sold for housing development.
217,000 extra workers needed to meet COVID-19 recovery
As the construction industry’s recovery progresses, the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecasts have led the organisation to believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022.
The CSN says there will be an increase in the number of construction workers in “most English regions” by 2025, with demands forecasted at a 1.7% rise for the East Midlands, and a 1.4% rise for the West Midlands.
Scotland and Wales are also predicted to see a surge in demand for construction workers with a total increase of 1.4% and 0.7% respectively. The North East is the only region to see a slight decline in workforce demand at -0.1%.
Wood and interior fit-out trades among the most desirable during COVID-19
According to CSN’s forecast, the trades that are the most wanted are those of wood and interior fit-outs, with both requiring around 5,500 workers per year. Other in-demand trades include technical staff and other construction professionals, requiring 5,150 workers each year, construction managers at 3,600, and the electrical installation trade, which requires 3,400 staff per year.
There is also expected to be demand for 7,850 non-construction, office-based professionals and technical and IT support staff each year. Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB, said: “It’s great to see construction coming back so strongly and creating lots of job opportunities.
“We need to adopt new approaches to meet these growing skills needs and deliver these quickly. We are working closely with the government and FE to build better bridges between FE and work and make apprenticeships more flexible. We are also making significant investments in supporting work experience that make it easier for employers to bring in new blood.
“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills, and skills related to energy efficiency”, he said.