060515 Donald Wilson’s report from the Fund meeting on Wednesday, 6th May, 7.30pm in Uncle Bob’s - New Cowshed is going ahead!
Delighted to report that the new Cowshed will be built at Station Park this summer. Peter confirmed that the contract has been awarded to Lovie Construction of Fraserburgh and work will start in the first week of July. The contract is expected to take about 4-5 weeks and the great news is the complete contract including the terracing is being done - not phased as was originally considered at one point after the bid for Scottish Football Partnership funding was unsuccessful. Costs are being met by ourselves, NCFC, an anonymous donor, Highland Council Discretionary Fund (£3k) and a substantial donation from main sponsors Narden. This was our target when we first embarked on fundraising in January 2013 and I am delighted we have achieved our objective - and helped with the main stand renovations to boot! Part of the delay in tying things up has been Peter Jnr. was on holiday and this has been a project he has been overseeing with the contractors. Peter tells me the new enclosure will have a curved rear wall and not a vertical one as originally planned. There will be a fascia for advertising etce and will be fully lit. Local Contractors County Builders are doing the electrical work after the enclosure is completed. Lovies are doing all the steelworks and the ground works.The demolition, which is being done under a separate contract, will commence hopefully on June 24. Volunteer help may be needed for the demolition and the digging of a trench for the power cable from the main stand to the new enclosure so I hope there will be lots of willing helpers (myself included) to pitch in with this. The interior of the enclosure will be galvanised steel but the exterior will match the colour of the refurbished stand. Great news and well done to all the fans - you are amazing with what you have achieved, well done too Narden for their significant contribution and our grateful thanks to the anonymous donater and the Highland Council Discretionary Fund.Donald Wilson