The families resident on the site of the new Coventry City arena
have been found a new home.
The Hodgkins families had lived in caravans on the Rowleys Green
site for around 40 years but their home is due to be swallowed up by
the £120 million, 44,000 all-seater stadium.
An initial attempt to move them was blocked by residents close to
the proposed new location but the football club has now won planning
approval near Rowleys Green Working Menís Club.
Project director Stuart Guest said:
"There are around 20 people involved covering three
generations of the family. They are quite happy with the new
location and we would expect them to move around April time and that
suits them and us.
"They have been very helpful and supportive of the our
project and we are delighted this has all reached a satisfactory
The new arena, complete with sliding roof and retractable pitch, is
due to open in August 2001 and is being marketed as a national stadium
in the heart of the Midlands.
work on the former gas works site has now been completed and it has
been stripped of greenery.
That will allow decontamination work to start in earnest and
contractors are currently testing the site to establish conditions
ahead of the work. Building work is expected to start in the summer
after the final gas holder has been purged and demolished.
A new gas pressure reducing station, designed and constructed by
Warwickshire engineering company Glendee Engineering, is being
installed. All underground pipework, serving the whole of the Coventry
conurbation, has been re-routed around the site and along the banks of
the adjacent canal to allow builders full access to the site.
Glendee have discovered plans of the site from earlier this century
revealing part of it was used as a football pitch for a gasworks
Tesco recently revealed they are to create a 140,000 sq ft Tesco
Extra super-department store. The store will sell a more diverse range
of goods than its normal supermarkets and it will be the eighth Extra
in the country.