Speaking to the 'Tiser, Ron Hull said; "As a Millers fan myself, I know just how pleased everyone will be that preparation work is starting to happen on the ground."
"The building we're taking down in this first phase of the project is a 90,000 square foot steel frame warehouse that has recently been used for the storage of surplus flatpack furniture. Demolition and clearance of the building is expected to take four to five weeks.
Meanwhile chairman Tony Stewart said; "Now we have started the process of demolition, I think it will show the people of Rotherham that the progress that is being made on the new stadium is gathering pace, so much so that it is now visible for all to see."
"The site that is being cleared is the additional land that was purchased to provide us with the additional flexibility for future amenities and access to and from the new stadium development site. The demolition process is a huge operation but when the site is cleared it will give us the platform to ensure we have the best facilities possible for when we move into our new stadium in 2012."
Stuart Senior from construction consultants Gleeds Nottingham who have been appointed to oversee the construction of the stadium said; "Every project we undertake has unique aspects which make our role interesting and this one is no different."
"Being located in the town centre, the site is bounded by a railway line and the River Don making access to the site and public safety one of our top concerns. To manage this issue, we have assembled a project team who are specialists at dealing with such challenges and it is really encouraging to see that progress is now being made with the demolition."
"By 2012 the club will have a fantastic new stadium to call home."
As with most new builds, the project is looking to be sustainable and green, David Wall from Ron Hull Demolition said; "The project is pretty straightforward from our point of view, although we are having to close a section of the river path for a time whilst the demolition is taking place, purely for safety reasons, The path will be reopened as soon it is safe to do so."
"As always these days, almost everything recovered from the site will be recycled. The steel and other metals from the structure are being removed to our recycling centre in town, where they will be processed and sorted."
"So too will timber and other materials recovered from the demolition. It will be a very green operation. Absolutely everything that can be reused will be, and virtually nothing will go to landfill." he added.
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