As part of the general Portsmouth Football Club stadium strategy, work has this week commenced on Pompey’s iconic Archibald Leitch-designed South Stand.
This will include a completely new ‘shell’, featuring cladding on the back of the stand and on its roof, while also addressing many general maintenance issues.
Work is expected to continue for the next four-five months.
Chief executive Mark Catlin said: “We are pleased to report that following two years of structural improvements, the club are now in a position to move forward with the first of many projects that fans will notice over a period of time.
"This also forms part of the longer-term plan to maintain Fratton Park as a viable stadium."
“The South Stand cladding is being completely replaced, which addresses many problems that the club face in the winter months.
“This also forms part of the longer-term plan to maintain Fratton Park as a viable stadium, while, at all times, other options are being carefully considered.”
The works on the South Stand will include:
- New roof
- New cladding
- Replacement roof lights
- Additional roof lights to reflect the original stand
- New guttering
- New lower roofs to changing areas
- Replacement lighting
- Replacement steelwork within the stand itself
- Replacement emergency lighting
- Removal of all old infrastructure
A programme is in place which will see the works completed in time for the start of the 2019/20 season.
Portsmouth Football Club would like to thank residents in Carisbrooke Road for their cooperation in enabling this work to happen.