Work is set to start on the Stadium for Cornwall site later this month. Cornwall Council approved £3 million of public funding towards the project four months ago and now a contract to start at the Threemilestone site has been awarded.
The partners behind the Stadium for Cornwall - the Cornish Pirates, Truro City FC, Truro and Penwith College and GLL Ltd - have appointed Cornwall Council's arms-length company Cormac Solutions to carry out the initial groundworks at the site.
Cormac Solutions' excavation and drilling work will commence on August 13 for four weeks to confirm ground conditions. Once that work is complete there will be testing and analysis of the soils and water, which will be reported on by October 2018.
The project manager for the Stadium for Cornwall construction, Tim Wood, said he was pleased that work on the site can now get under way.
Mr Wood, a Chartered Civil Engineer whose previous projects include the £35m Tamar Bridge strengthening and the £22m Long Rock train care depot enhancement, said: "The ground investigation is an important milestone as it will confirm our foundation design assumptions and allow us to complete the design sufficient to work to discharge planning conditions.
"I am pleased this work will be undertaken by Cormac Solutions Ltd, a local company which has the specialist capability and experience to support the Stadium for Cornwall whilst keeping the money within the local economy."
Once the initial groundwork has been completed designs for the retaining wall and building foundations can be confirmed.
Truro City Football Club's chairman Peter Masters said that news of work starting on the stadium site would be welcomed by supporters and will reaffirm that the club's temporary ground share with Torquay United is just that.
The Cornish Pirates' chief operating officer, Robin James, said: "To witness groundwork actually start on the new stadium just before the Cornish Pirates' match with the Exeter Chiefs gives all of us a huge lift. A great effort has gone in by all concerned to get us to this point, it's very encouraging."
Meanwhile, representatives from the Cornish Pirates, Truro and Penwith College, the Cornish FA, Cornish Cricket Board, Cornwall Sports Partnership and GLL all met recently to look at how the project can impact as many communities in Cornwall as possible.
The sporting clubs and organisations heard from Ben Breeze, head of the Bristol Sport Foundation, on efforts in that city, which have seen the creation of one of the country's largest and most effective sport foundation bodies.
Jack Richards, stadium ambassador, who is heading up the stadium outreach project, said: "It was very pleasing to see the stadium partners as well as some main sport organisations show interest in developing a countywide multi-sport outreach programme."
"The interest shown in the operation at the Bristol Sports Foundation gives me faith that something very similar can be planned and achieved here in Cornwall. The enthusiasm and passion at the meeting augers well for outreach in Cornwall. Watch this space."
This article first appeared on the CornwallLive website