Ebbsfleet United FC, based in Northfleet, Kent, England, have unveiled plans for a revamped stadium on their existing PHB Stadium site at Stonebridge Road.
According to an article posted on the Club’s website by Ed Miller, a series of presentations were given to supporters and the public earlier this week, during which all of the visuals relating to the project were on show.
The Club’s new home is envisaged as a 6,000-capacity modern family-oriented stadium where supporters are guaranteed an affordable pricing strategy. The current Main Stand, because of its design, is now deemed by local safety officers to be at the end of its life, with no more than a two-year shelf life on current estimates. It is mainly constructed of timber and as such represents a potential fire hazard.
A new GBP£3.5m Main Stand along Stonebridge Road (the current Liam Daish Stand) will be constructed, which will house all key football, commercial, sponsor and operational requirements, while also providing important new revenue generating opportunities. The Plough End stand will house a new supporters’ facility that can also be hired out on non-match days and will retain the club supporters’ bar. The principal behind the other two stands is that they should contain revenue-generating facilities, with the aim to build a sustainable club going forward.
Because football will continue to be played during the reconstruction of the ground, the strategy is to rebuild the stand on Stonebridge Road first, greatly enhancing the Stonebridge Road frontage. For that reason, the position of the pitch must be retained. The existing advertising hoardings on the road side will be removed and all new advertising will be monitored by the club and will be appropriate to the new building.
Capacity will be in excess of 6,000, to include 2,000 seats. The finished ground will be a ‘complete building’ – as oppose to a collection of four stands – and will be designed to meet the appropriate ground grading and safety standards. Provision will be made for disabled parking adjacent to the designated turnstile and full disabled access into and within the stadium.
Two new turnstiles will be set back from the pavement at the ground entrance, creating greatly increased areas for the waiting supporters. The site will have vehicular access around the whole of the stadium and on matchdays this will provide good access and exit of the ground for all spectators.
The new development will not only transform the stadium and the club, but will be pivotal to the regeneration of Northfleet as a whole.
A planning application is being submitted to Gravesham council this week with a decision expected in April.
The full set of images are available as PDF’s on the Club’s website at: http://www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk/home/fleet-deliver-stadium-lowdown/