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$23.3M bid to build Bear Creek Athletics Centre grandstand, work to start in September

Richmond-based Heatherbrae Builders pitched the lowest bid to city hall
Drawing of Bear Creek Athletics Centre grandstand, as seen on

Construction of a new Bear Creek Athletics Centre grandstand is set to begin in September, with work completed by December 2023.

Richmond-based Heatherbrae Builders pitched the lowest bid to build the 2,200-seat grandstand. Surrey city council approved the construction contract to the company on Monday (July 25).

The bid amount was $23,294,250 — a few million dollars lower than the initial $27.5 million project budget.

“The scope of work related to this contract consists of the demolition of the existing washroom building, announcer’s booth, and bleachers, and the construction of a grandstand with 2,200 seats, including team changerooms, public washrooms, and associated site servicing,” notes a report to the council.

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Plans are to build a grandstand as part of a new “destination athletics centre” for Surrey, with permanent seating for 2,200 people (two-thirds covered) and possible expansion of another 1,000 temporary seats. The facility will include an improved track and synthetic turf field.

The athletics centre “will position Surrey as a regional destination for high-level soccer and football games in addition to a full range of track and field sports,” according to city hall. “The project also provides the local community with an accessible state-of-the-art sport facility for exercise plus a new venue to host potential cultural events.”

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum said Monday it’s “going to be a real exciting stadium for all sorts of sports, but especially for track and field and so forth.

“It will provide a good cover for people to watch,” he added. “It will also give us the opportunity again to attract international meets or international events down to Bear Creek. With that comes a huge area which I think Surrey has a great future and that’s sport tourism.”

– with a file by Tom Zytaruk

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