Portview to finish Buckingham’s Fulham stadium job


Fit-out specialist Portview has taken over working on Fulham Football Club’s Craven Cottage from collapsed contractor Buckingham Group.

Portview was already contracted to complete the interior fit-out of the new Riverside Stand upon completion of the base by Buckingham Group. The job was left unfinished when Buckingham went into administration in September.

Portview chief operating officer Paul Lavery said: “Since the unfortunate demise of Buckingham Group, we have picked up some of the remaining outstanding items of its work and continue to work closely with the club on this exciting project.”

Buckingham Group was appointed in 2019 as the main contractor on the £100m project to demolish and rebuild the stand to increase its capacity.

The job was initially expected to last two years but ran into problems relating to the pandemic and difficult site conditions. Buckingham reported in 2021 that it expected to take a £14.2m hit on the project as a result of the liquidation of a key subcontractor, Kaicer Building Envelope Solutions.

Fulham FC told fans in its latest update that it now expects the first part of the stand to open in 2024.

Some of Buckingham’s other stadium projects have also found replacement contractors. Mace took over work on Birmingham City FC’s Tilton and Kop stands, and Preston-based Rayner Rowen was appointed to complete Liverpool FC’s Anfield Road Stand.

Fulham FC was contacted for comment.

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