Making Light Work of Portsmouth FC Project

26th June 2019

Hughes and Salvidge started a historic project at Portsmouth Football Club’s Fratton Park Stadium in June.

We successfully secured the contract to dismantle the four floodlights that have towered over the home of Portsmouth FC and the Fratton area of the city for decades.

The floodlights have a place in English football history as the first to host a floodlit football match in the Football League – when Portsmouth took on Newcastle United on 22nd February, 1956.

However, the floodlights are no longer required as the club has alternative methods of lighting around the stadium, so we were commissioned to dismantle one floodlight for re-erection and re-use in one of the club’s car-parks at the stadium, and to dismantle and remove the remaining three floodlights.

In early June, working from a mobile platform and with the assistance of a crane and slinger, we meticulously dismantled in sections the floodlight between the Fratton End and North Stand.

This will be re-erected by other contractors to be of use in the car-park behind the North Stand and to maintain a piece of football history at the club, and in the City’s skyline.

Lights will also be removed from the remaining three floodlights for re-use and then we will return in late July to dismantle the remaining three floodlight structures at the ground. They in turn will be removed from site and arisings re-cycled.

Article By Will Spong

Will has been a Business Development Executive at Hughes and Salvidge since 2016. He has worked on tenders for the UK Government, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and the Ministry of Defence.

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