RWO scores with Wallsend sports facility
The Seaton Burn civil and structural engineer will support delivery of a £4m facility including a pavilion, changing rooms, community space and floodlit 5G pitches at St Peter’s playing fields.
The North Tyneside Council-led project covers a 17-acre site, and will support football and rugby. It will also include a new recreational area around the perimeter of the site for walking, with infrastructure added in including new fencing and car parking.
When it opens in 2024, the complex will become the headquarters of the Northumberland Football Association and Wallsend RFC, which will use the building as its new clubhouse.
The venue is also set to be a community development hub for football and a training venue for Wallsend Centurions and Eagles Rugby League clubs.
A six-figure package of engineering infrastructure design and support, which includes structural design, access and drainage along with civils work, is being provided by RWO to bring the development forward.
RWO said that it continues to see strong growth across its North East and Yorkshire operations, and that it is looking to recruit to support that growth.
Managing director Ross Oakley said: “We’re delighted to be working to help deliver this project. Our knowledge and experience in the sector will ensure we provide a top-class facility for the local community to enjoy. Our commercial offer continues to grow and we will see even more success this year winning new contracts across the region and the UK.”
Work has now started on site, with the facility expected to be completed in early 2024.
The St Peter’s Playing Fields project has been made possible by a £1.9m grant from the Football Foundation. £375,000 from the Football Association and £50,000 was secured from the Rugby Football League as part of the CreatedBy RLWC2021 programme, as well as housing developer contributions to North Tyneside Council.