The provision of new facilities at Ipswich’s Ransomes Sports Ground is moving a big step closer with the planned demolition of the dangerous and dilapidated main building on the site.
Demolition will commence on Monday 3rd November and the work is set to take about four weeks. Sports teams will continue to use the temporary changing rooms, which were installed by Ipswich Borough Council, and football matches will take place as normal.
A design and procurement programme is currently under way to shape the new pavilion and changing rooms, which will be built next year.
Councillor Bryony Rudkin, the Council’s Culture & Leisure portfolio-holder, said: “This work underlines our ongoing commitment to saving Ransomes for sport. We now manage the site and will announce the design appointment in the coming weeks. Ransomes has an important past and, thanks to our swift action, has an important future as a facility the community can be proud of. We shall continue to work with local sports clubs to ensure it continues to be used for sport.”
The Borough Council bought the sports field and buildings to preserve it for sport and save it from development in 1994 when the Ransomes company stopped using it. It took over management of the ground late last year following widespread concerns that sports clubs were not being able to flourish there.