Construction of the Stargazing Pods began shortly after the plans were approved by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council in July 2018, with the development completed for their April 2019 opening.
The first foundations have already been laid for some of the proposed pods, with rectangular hardcore bases installed ready to have a final layer of concrete poured on top. Trenches have also been dug to enable the installation of the electrical cabling. Rectangular holes have been excavated on the raised area of the green waiting to be filled with concrete to form more foundations. Around the boundaries of the construction site a large fence is in the process of being installed.
Groundwork for the pods and associated building has been progressing steadily as the foundations are laid for more of the pods. Work is also underway on the foundations for the facilities building. A large trench has been dug to the southern end of the site, with a smaller off-shoot trench also dug on the eastern end of the site. In the materials storage area, the transformer boxes for the electricity supply have been delivered. The construction fences surrounding the site have now been decorated with artwork advertising the new Stargazing Pods.
Guests who want a sneak peek at what the finished Stargazing Pods will look like can now take a look at three pods which have been installed on the lawns in front of the Towers Ruins next to the Goalstriker unit. These demonstration pods offer a first glimpse into the interior of the new accommodation, which can sleep up to four guests – two in a double bed at the rear of the pod, and one guest each on a single bed to either side of the front section of the pod. Each bed has its own plug socket, all of which also feature a USB plug to allow guests to charge any mobile devices without having to take up the full plug socket. Above each bed is a small shelf which can hold a phone, or small wash bag. There is also space underneath each bed to store bags and cases.
The first pods are in place at the north-eastern end of the development area, Currently installed from the eastern end of the site (next to where the entertainment tipi will be located) around to the top of the site. Each of the pods constructed so far already has electrical wiring in place behind each one. Further pods can be seen in the car park at the north of the site. To the south of the construction site, work is continuing on the facilities block, with both the exterior and interior walls approximately half built. Elsewhere on the site, what appear to be temporary roadways are also being installed. There is also ongoing works to install various utilities, and other materials have recently been delivered.