CEO David Baldwin offers an end-of-year report on club projectsGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to today’s final game before Christmas.
Many happy returns to all supporters on behalf of all the Board of Directors and staff, and hopefully the festivities can commence today with a win.
Off the field, I thought it appropriate to update you all on various developments taking place.
Obviously we were all pleased to finally gain planning permission to go ahead with the major work at Gawthorpe.
Some of the provisions in the overall scheme have, of course, been already been implemented.
The new plateau housing four new pitches have been developed during the Premier League season and are now being enjoyed by all on the playing side. This was done to the cost of around £2.2m.
The next stage, with the help of Barnfield Construction Limited and J Mallinson of Ormskirk, is to begin to transform the remaining wasteland to house a further three full-sized training pitches and two three-quarter size pitches, all of which will cost another £2.2m.
Then, of course, the jewel in the crown is the new structure that includes a new indoor pitch and will house all current and future players.
We expect the pitches to be complete and ready for us early next season, with the £4.6m building itself hopefully ready for use in around 18 months.
The overall scheme should come in at just over £10m – quite a substantial outlay for the football club.
It is, however, one that is well overdue, I’m sure you’ll agree, and a real legacy from the Premier League money that will help us to take the club to the next level.
Likewise, the changes taking place at Turf Moor…
All staff are now fully bedded-into their new offices on the first floor of the Bob Lord Stand.
And the new Business Hub, situated on the ground-floor of the stand, is ready to open on January, with clients already signing up for this exciting addition to the commercial side of the club.
The temporary ticket office, front-facing onto Harry Potts Way, is also taking shape in preparation for staff to move into early in the New Year.
They will be joined by the current Clarets Store, who will remain open for business in the current location until January, at which time they will relocate to a temporary location within the Elite Training Centre.
That then leaves the old office block empty and ready for flattening, to be replaced by a brand new ticketing and retail block.
All these changes will help us provide a better service to supporters and the wider public.