Liverpool firm's football ground inspection exposes 'urgent work'
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities
A Liverpool firm’s inspection of Barrow AFC's ground identified substantial amounts of ‘urgent work’.
The inspection has left the head of Barrow Bluebirds, American millionaire, Paul Casson, facing a £400,000 bill.
Chartered surveyors Actua, which specialises in the delivery of building surveying and commercial property consultancy, inspected the buildings and stadium structure under a tight timescale to meet with the short programme of the final stages of a proposed takeover of the club.
It also provided a commentary as to the condition including any recommendations and indicative costs for immediate issues, essential remedial work or further investigations.
Actua's team found "potentially unstable floodlight structures" which would need urgent attention during the next 12 months.
The estimated cost of replacing the floodlight structure and lamps is around £100,000, which is the most expensive of the 30 identified improvements listed on the report.
The chartered surveyors also advised on statutory compliance issues in the premises, in line with disabled access, fire precautions, legionella and asbestos legislation.
Director of Liverpool-based Actua David Sharp said: “It's great to be working on high profile projects like the Barrow FC acquisition. Securing this contract has allowed us to establish a foot-hold in a whole new market and raise our profile as one of the leading surveying firms in the North West."
Paul Casson, head of Barrow Bluebirds, added “Actua provided valuable assistance in our proposed acquisition of Barrow AFC. Their staff, while on site, all acted according to the highest professional standards. The resulting report was detailed, easy to read, well organized, and will be a valuable tool as we begin to improve the stadium.”