A new £5m football ground and college sports hall being built in Stamford is rising from the ground after just weeks of construction work.
The joint project between Stamford AFC, New College Stamford and Burghley Estates will see the creation of a football stadium, sports hall, gym, teaching rooms, changing room, restaurant and bar area.
The project was given the go-ahead by South Kesteven District Council in October and building work is now well under way, with more than 120,000 tons of earth moved during landscaping work at the site off Ryhall Road.
Favourable weather conditions since construction began means the steel frame of the sports centre has also been fully erected on schedule.
Burghley estates director David Pennell said: “It is a really exciting stage of the process.
“The steel frame has gone up extremely quickly and this month we will put the roof on.
“The estate has spent five or six years bringing this to fruition and now we are getting to the final stage.
“I am delighted to see this exciting new project taking shape.
“It will give the town a facility that will be of benefit not just to the football club and its supporters but also to students and many other community groups in and around Stamford.”
After inspecting the site before Christmas New College Stamford principal Andrew Patience said he was quite emotional to see the plans he has been working on for so long come into being.
He said: “It is going to be a fabulous community facility. I am very impressed to see how much has been down in 10 weeks. It is really taking shape now.
“Having a modern, purpose built, sports facility is going to make a huge difference to both our students and the local community in general. I am eagerly anticipating its completion.”
The completion of the project will have knock-on effects around the town.
The college intends to convert its current aging sports hall into practical skills workshops, bringing students based around Stamford in satellite sites on to the main college campus.
Stamford AFC hopes to move into the new ground in September for the start of the 2014/15 season.
Club director Guy Walton, said: “Our project offers an innovative solution to the sporting demand within our community. Stamford AFC, a FA Charter Standard Community Club, is committed to the partnership’s vision of a facility benefitting education, football and sporting users when structurally complete and creating a sporting legacy for the town.”
The Daniels’ current home in Kettering Road will then be demolished to make way for housing.
The first team plays in the Evo-Stik Premier Division after winning promotion last season.