Plymouth Argyle's stadium renovation has moved a step closer after Kier Construction secured the £50 million contract.

The company will be expected to deliver the Higher Home Park scheme which has been laid out by the club's owner Akkeron. It includes a revamp of the stadium's main grandstand while a ten-screen cinema, a 1,500 seat ice-risk and 120-bed hotel will also be created. The new grandstand will complete the overall renovation of Home Park which had an upgrade in 2001, but this only covered three stands, this latest project will complete the job.

Kier Construction has also made a pledge to use local workers on the development as set out as one of Akkeron's key criteria. The company is expected to create jobs for Plymouth natives while supporting city schools and colleges by developing core construction skills within the Devon city.

Anthony Irving, Kier Construction regional managing director, said: "Kier has a strong Plymouth heritage, having had a base here for 80 years and as the preferred main contractor for the Higher Home Park project, it will be our priority to draw on the skills of the local supply chain in the city."

Akkeron has stated that it wants the Home Park area to become a sporting and leisure destination focusing on the new grandstand. It is hoped that it will bring more people to the site not just on matchdays but at all times of the years. The company is now in the process of inviting city trades to look at working on the development.

While plans are moving at a rapid pace off the pitch, on the pitch Plymouth Argyle find themselves languishing in the bottom half of the league. The Pilgrims are currently in 15th place following their 2-1 defeat away to Morecambe last weekend (August 31st). However, there was some positivity around the club after they beat Cheltenham 5-4 on penalties in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Southern Section.

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