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Plans unveiled for £100m sports, education & office development at Reebok Stadium

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Bolton Wanderers FC have unveiled ambitious plans to build a massive £100m sport, education and office development next to Reebok Stadium.


The proposals for the ‘Middlebrook masterplan’ as it is referred to, include not only Reebok Stadium but also Bolton Arena and surrounding land, and are a joint enterprise between Burnden Leisure, the company that owns the Wanderers, and Bolton Arena Trust, which runs the Arena.


The scheme includes plans for a free school run by the Wanderers, which, it is thought, would be the first school in England run by a football club outside the Premier League.


The plans are described by the developers as “a major regional sports and education centre”, and also feature seven-storey office buildings, new football pitches and expansion of the stadium’s west stand.


The Middlebrook masterplan includes:

  • An upgraded and reconfigured arena building for full-time sports academy use, with accommodation for up to 500 students.
  • The construction of a new 105m sports building linked to Bolton Arena, which would house sports halls, tennis courts, changing facilities, administration, indoor football pitch and viewing lounge.
  • Upgrades to sports facilities at Bolton Arena, including improvements to the running track, an artificial match pitch, and new floodlit five-a-side pitches.
  • A new five-storey, 5,000sqm education building to the south of Burnden Way, which could house a free school and sports academy.
  • Restructuring and expansion of Reebok Stadium’s west stand to provide up to 3,000sqm of accommodation, with new hospitality areas and administration facilities.
  • Up to 29,000sqm of commercial and office accommodation in a “grand arc” of seven-storey buildings on land next to the Reebok’s north stand.


Wanderers Chairman Phil Gartside said:

In 1996, the Club’s then board had the vision to build the Reebok Stadium with its integrated hotel, conference and office facilities. Now we are adding to that vision with the exciting proposals that we have outlined.


A seperate scheme is also being developed that includes upgraded facilities, including a new pavilion at the Bolton Wanderers academy site in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock.


The masterplan proposals are still in their early stages, but a formal planning application is expected to be submitted soon.


Bolton Arena is owned by Bolton Council but is run by the not-for-profit community organisation, the Bolton Arena Trust.


Bolton Arena’s Managing Director Paul Bartle said:

The long term increases in our usage over the years have placed increasing demands on our facilities. It has for some time been our strategy to look for opportunities to further enhance those facilities and offer Bolton and the North West world-class facilities, programmes and events that inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to follow a lifelong passion for sport and healthy activities.

This scheme expands and upgrades the existing facilities at Bolton Arena, and proposes a regional sports hub for both elite and community sports users, combined with modern, sports-led education provision.


The plans will be presented to the public at an exhibition at Bolton Arena’s reception area on Thursday, November 15, from 2-7pm, where visitors will also have the chance to quiz the design team.


Source: The Bolton News


Reebok Stadium

Reebok Stadium


Yorkshire CCC reveal phased upgrade plans to their famous Headingley ground

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Yorkshire County Cricket Club (CCC) have unveiled ambitious plans to redevelop their famous Headingley stadium. The phased programme, titled ‘Headingley Masterplan’, will take 20 years to complete and, in addition to upgrading a number of stands, will increase the venue’s capacity to 20,000.


The Club announced in a recent statement:

The scheme includes the installation of floodlights and the rebuilding of the North/South Stand, adjoining the rugby ground. This will become the centrepiece of the project. The capacity of the cricket ground will increase from 17,000 to 20,000 in the redevelopment.


Yorkshire CCC Chairman, Colin Graves, said of the project:

This is the most ambitious project the Club and venue will have undertaken since the ground was first established 125 years ago. We want to create a stadium that is amongst the finest in the world and enable Yorkshire to continue to stage major international fixtures over the long term. As other venues around the country continue to invest in their facilities, we cannot afford to standstill and expect that Headingley will always host international cricket. The stark reality is that if our stadium fails to evolve we will lose our Test Match status, which would be a devastating blow to the region.


The work, once agreed by the local council planning department, will be conducted over six phases:

Phase One: Erection of four permanent floodlight pylons.

Phase Two: Rebuild the North/South Stand in conjunction with Leeds Rugby to incorporate a three-tiered seating area to accommodate 5,060 seats, enhance corporate facilities and new permanent concession units.

Phase Three: To incorporate an additional 915 seats in the upper tier of the North East Stand.

Phase Four: The development of a new pavilion in the North West area of the stadium, which will be built on five levels and is to include state-of-the-art corporate facilities, new dressing rooms, a Members’ Long Room, plus the creation of a main entrance to the stadium on Kirkstall Lane.

Phase Five: The erection of a translucent cantilever roof to cover the White Rose Stand on the western side of the ground.

Phase Six: Landscaping on the White Rose Stand and North East stand concourses.


Source: Sky Sports

Stade Vélodrome project Marseille nears completion

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Stade Vélodrome’s impressive renovation is now nearing completion, with the new venue due to open its doors in time for the 2014-15 season.

ESSMA (the European Association of Stadium & Safety Managers) – of which the venue is a member – spoke to two top executives of the tenant club, Olympique Marseille, Vincent Bobin and Julien Di Napoli, to get a summary of the project’s procedures and special features, as will be featured in our forthcoming Summer ’14 issue of PanStadia & Arena Management. To follow is a short excerpt from this piece:

Vincent Bobin has been working at the Club for the last 12 years and is currently responsible for the Stade Vélodrome. He started his career in 2002 in the venue’s Commercial Department before taking over responsibility for Merchandise Services, Marketing and Ticketing. In 2008, he was appointed as Project Manager on the Stade Vélodromes renovation and contributed to the writing of the specifications and the whole renovation project. He is now occupied with managing UEFA relations and takes care of home game operations.

Julien Di Napoli has been the Club’s Operation Manager for the last four years, with responsibilities including setting up the interior design, logistics and prevention planning during home games.

The renovation project of the Stade Vélodrome is a PPP (Public-Private Partnership), which means the venue remains in the ownership of the city of Marseille. The city signed a contract with the company that renovated the stadium, ‘AREMA’, and will be responsible for the operations during the PPP for 35 years.

Olympique Marseille has an agreement with the city of Marseille and will be the main tenant of Stade Vélodrome. When the 35-year contract expires, the City will reclaim the stadium in ‘perfect condition’ with its facilities having been constantly upgraded in line with regulations. This also guarantees Olympique de Marseille a stadium which meets the national and international requirements of governing bodies.

Speaking about his OM role, Di Napoli said:

We were present from the beginning of the renovation project, as we had the desire to build a modern stadium to be considered as one of the biggest European clubs. We handed in functional specifications, which precised the club’s expectations in a renovated stadium. The city, as owner of the stadium, made the legal and financial choices and the club has been integrated in every step of the project.

Project Stats

Club Olympique Marseille  
Stadium Stade Vélodrome
UEFA Status Elite, Category 4
Capacity 67,000 (sports)
60,000 (concerts)
Opening Estimated June 30, 2014
Project cost €267m
(Design, renovation, maintenance,
major upkeep and operations)

Kansas State reportedly set to announce US$50m upgrade to football stadium

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If recent reports are to be believed, then the construction crews that have become a staple at the Snyder Family Stadium over the past few years, are nearing a return, with Kansas State reportedly preparing to unveil plans for a US$50m overhaul to the north end of its football stadium.


According to sources, it is hoped that construction will begin at the conclusion of the upcoming season and be completed in time for the 2015 home opener.


The improvements would mark the third major facelift to the Snyder Family Stadium since Currie has been at K-State, with previous projects seeing the addition of permanent bathrooms to the upper level of the stadium’s east side and an overhaul of the press box on the west side, resulting in the new US$90m West Stadium Center.


K-State’s next wave of renovations would significantly upgrade the football team’s operational space, with players to benefit from a new locker room, weight room, video room and meeting areas. Coaches will also have new, nicer offices, and all student-athletes will get to use a new academic centre.


The look and feel of the football stadium would also be transformed, as per the renderings shared by top K-State executives with prominent boosters and recruits. Sources that have viewed them said they feature an enclosed stadium, allowing fans to walk between the northwest and northeast ends for the first time and two new video boards, located on the northwest and northeast corners.


Other amenities, such as a fan deck, new restrooms and a wider concourse, would also add to the stadium’s existing atmosphere. The inside of facility should resemble the basketball team’s new practice building. The Kansas City-based architecture company, Populous, will design both projects.


K-State also has plans for US$12m in facility upgrades to other areas, including a new video board behind the south end zone of the football stadium, new video boards at Bramlage Coliseum, and improvements at its baseball stadium.


In the last two years, K-State has completed US$125m-worth of construction on a new rowing facility, a basketball training facility, and the West Stadium Center, which opened at the beginning of the 2013 season.



Work begins on Northern Ireland’s National Football Stadium redevelopment

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The redevelopment of Northern Ireland’s National Football Stadium, Windsor Park, began this week. The project will see the stadium’s capacity increase from its current level of 14,000 to 18,000.


The design team on the project is led by Hamilton Architects, with Planning Consultants, RPS, on behalf of the client, the Irish FA.


Irish FA President, Jim Shaw, said:

The National Football Stadium plans are truly impressive and I know that once the redevelopment project is complete, Windsor Park will be a stadium which we will all be proud of.


The project will cost in the region of £29.2m, with £25.2m coming from government funds and comprises:

  • Provision of an 18,000-seat stadium
  • Demolition of the south stand
  • Replacement of the south and east stands with newly constructed stands to provide greater enclosure
  • Refurbishment of the west and north stands
  • Replacement of high mast flood lights with lower level lighting, integrated at stadium roof height
  • Creation of a temporary construction access onto Boucher Road to avoid construction impact on local residents
  • Development of ancillary office accommodation to provide a new headquarters for the Irish Football Association
  • Development of an appropriate level of conference and community facilities.


Sport Minister, Carál Ni Chuilín, commented:

The Irish Football Association is now able to create a modern stadium to cater for the needs of the whole football community. I am sure the new ground will be enjoyed by generations to come.


The project received a further boost this week, with the announcement by Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, that planning has been approved for a new leisure complex within the new Windsor Park stadium development.

This new development, led by Belfast City Council, will replace the existing Olympia Leisure Centre and will be incorporated within the West Stand of the new Windsor Park stadium development. It will provide enhanced leisure facilities for the local community and will include a pool, learner pool, cafe, health and fitness suites, sports hall, spin studio, multi-purpose room and ancillary accommodation.

Mark H Durkan said:

This significant new development scheme is welcome news for the local area bringing new and improved leisure facilities for the community to enjoy. This state of the art facility will enhance the already approved Windsor Park stadium development and provide a boost for the southwest of Belfast.

Craven Cottage redevelopment underway

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Fulham Football Club has been granted a river works licence to enable it to progress the development of its new Riverside Stand, designed by world-renowned architecture firm, KSS.

The Riverside Stand expansion is a flagship development for Fulham FC, which will see Craven Cottage’s capacity increase from its current 25,000-seats to 30,000. It will also improve the range and quality of the offering available to spectators, while maintaining the unique atmosphere of the ground.
The Stand’s new facilities will take advantage of the excellent river views, and the architectural solution is appropriate to the prominent river location, responding to the sensitive site context and minimizes encroachment into the Thames foreshore.
Fulham received planning consent for the development in July 2013, subject to the licence being obtained, and is now in a position to commence with a projected timetable for the development.

One of the key considerations of the Port of London Authority in granting the licence is the Club’s commitment to the opening up of the river walkway to enable it to be enjoyed by the local community and the general public for the first time in recent history. The new walkway will include a number of facilities such as a café, public toilets and a restaurant, which will be open to the public every day.

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Birketts advises Essex County Cricket Club on ground redevelopment

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Grace Kerr of Birketts with Alastair Cook, Essex County Cricket Club and England player.

Birketts has advised Essex County Cricket Club’s on the legal aspects of redevelopment of the ground.


Proposals for the redevelopment of the ground in Chelmsford date back to 2004, with permission granted in 2010. However, the construction of the initial phase of Essex County Cricket Club’s development is now imminent. MCD, the club’s development partner, has signed the building contract that will see Kier Construction build a residential tower of 62 apartments on the current cricket club car park.


Grace Kerr, partner and head of the property team in Chelmsford said:

The Club is starting a major transformation that will see capacity of the ground increase to 8,000 seats by building four residential blocks around the ground. The mixed-use redevelopment will eventually see a new pavilion and media centre built, along with conferencing facilities, as well as a new public piazza area and a new pedestrian bridge across the river. It has been a tremendously exciting project to advise on and I’m delighted to have been involved in this iconic development for Chelmsford.


Derek Bowden, Chief Executive of Essex County Cricket Club said:

This project has been in gestation for a decade and had been delayed because of the economic and financial climate. The tenacity of Grace and the team have ensured that our redevelopment plans are finally becoming a reality.

E20 Stadium Partnership hires Balfour Beatty Group to transform former Olympic Stadium

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The £154 million contract to lead the transformation of the Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into a multi-use venue has gone to Balfour Beatty. Having already been awarded the roof contract, the company will now lead the remainder of the transformation works of the Stadium including constructing the warm-up track, spectator and hospitality facilities, and the external landscaping.

This will deliver a multi-use sporting venue ready to host five matches during Rugby World Cup 2015, be the permanent home of West Ham United Football Club from 2016, and the new national competition stadium for athletics in the UK hosting regional and national age group championships, as well as elite international events including the annual IAAF Diamond League meeting, 2017 IAAF World Championships and 2017 IPC World Athletics Championships.

The Stadium will be used for other sporting, cultural and community events as well as a range of community benefits for local residents. A new community athletics track (pictured) will also be provided next to the main stadium funded by a London Marathon Trust grant. Works are due for completion in the spring of 2016.

Sustainable construction methods will be used, including recycling features of the existing stadium into the new scheme and the re-use of crushed demolition material.

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the Legacy Corporation, said:

This is another milestone in the development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We go into 2014 on track to deliver a world class venue that, when it fully opens in 2016, can be used year round to host a whole range of sporting, cultural and community events. The Stadium will be a truly remarkable legacy here in east London.

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said:

This is a major step forward in ensuring the Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park offers a lasting community legacy of jobs, education and grassroots sport. The Stadium is an inspirational place. The conversion work will mean it continues to be a world class visitor attraction that is good for the residents of Newham, London and the nation as a whole.

Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, Andrew McNaughton said:

We are delighted to be continuing our activity on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park supporting the legacy commitment made as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. During construction, our firm commitment to the use of local labour and the creation of apprenticeships will continue to benefit the local community and the wider industry and upon completion, the stadium will provide a first-class sporting and cultural facility for many generations to come which Balfour Beatty is proud to be associated with.

Learn in detail from Mace and Pfeifer how the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium roof is being converted in the Winter edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

Wrigley Field redevelopment gets Chicago council approval

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Chicago City Council has approved a planned development that outlines the rehabilitation and revitalisation work that will be undertaken in and around Wrigley Field. Mayor Emanuel said:

I am pleased to take another step forward in this process as we plan for the revitalisation of Wrigley Field and the surrounding area. There is still much work to do, and I will continue to work with Alderman Tunney and the community as we go through this process. We are continuing to move forward on this plan to bring valuable jobs and economic impact to the Lakeview community without using any taxpayer dollars.

The planned development came together after months of meetings and negotiations involving Tunney, the community, the Mayor’s office and the Chicago Cubs. Tunney said:

My sworn obligation is to act in the best interest of my entire Ward which includes not only the Cubs, but also the residents and small businesses that surround Wrigley Field,” said . “I feel that I have done that and am proud of what we all have accomplished working together understanding that compromise is a part of all negotiations.

The value of the renovation work is $500 million, including updated facilities for players, a 5,700-square-foot big screen in left field, one advertising sign in right field and a hotel in Clark Street.

Tunney’s initial fears about the screens and signage affecting residents were allayed by concessions on no additional future signage and postponing the proposed bridge over Clark Street that would have connected the hotel and ballpark.

The Ricketts family, which purchased the team in 2009, has promised a $4.7 million community fund and anticipates creating nearly 1,300 permanent new jobs at what is the third largest tourist attraction in Illinois. Club chairman Tom Ricketts said:

We still have a lot of baseball to play to get to the finish line. We still need to secure community and city approval.

Barcelona’s once in a century decision over venues

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Agusti Benedito told delegates to the Stadia & Arena conference in Istanbul that his candidacy for President of the Barcelona club was intimately bound up with venue development. It is not a straightforward contest between spending and not spending money. Talking about the basketball, handball and volleyball, he said:

Barca obviously deserves an arena similar to an O2 London. There is no excuse not to have a new arena. The current board of directors has pledged this. If I become President, Palau Blaugrana arena will take centre stage.

Benedito believes any decision made about the Camp Nou stadium is illegitimate unless the 170,000 socis (owners/club members) cast their vote. Which makes the next presidential election the right time to get a mandate for a properly researched and costed development plan. So that the stadium debate and vote can take place soon, Benedito says that the club’s regulations allow for an election before the current President’s term runs out in 2016.

The regular Barca fan, like me, says he or she desires the best possible stadium but is flexible on the economic situation. That’s why we need to be sure and to get the fans’ opinions.

The Camp Nou has to be improved but not at any cost.

Barcelona’s large complex, which currently houses Camp Nou, Palau Blaugrana (blue red, the colours of Barcelona) and the Mini Estadi, offers the opportunity to develop a masterplan to introduce new sporting and non-sporting elements such as restaurants, museum and hotel. There appear to be opportunities for commercial partnerships to finance renovation of the sporting facilities.

Benedito is clear that a new arena, with its smaller investment requirement, should be built now. He believes the socis agree. On the stadium, there are still the two options of remodelling and rebuilding and Benedito, on balance, thinks remodelling is preferable. He is also clear that:

It will be up to the socis to decide the future of the stadium, the most important decision in 50 years.


Agusti Benedito (left) addresses delegates at the Stadia & Arena conference on the topic of the Barcelona club's venue development plans.

Agusti Benedito (left) addresses delegates at the Stadia & Arena conference on the topic of the Barcelona club’s venue development plans.

Gloucestershire develop in Bristol with Lindley’s help

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Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (GCCC) has awarded Lindley Venue Catering a six-year catering and events management contract as the club embarks on an extensive development programme at the Nevil Road ground.

GCCC has planning approval to expand and enhance the facilities at the Bristol County Ground. As well as installing a state-of-the art media centre, the development will incorporate a purpose-built conference centre aimed at benefiting the local community and businesses, and a key part of Lindley Venue Catering’s remit is to provide a comprehensive sales and marketing programme to maximise usage of the new centre.

Work began on The Pavilion – the first phase of the development which aims to increase the match-day capacity of the ground to 17,500 – in October 2012, and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2013, with the new facilities being fully operational ahead of the 2014 season in readiness for one of the prestigious England vs India 2014 fixtures. The ground is also scheduled to host an England vs Sri Lanka one-day international match in the 2016 tour.

Last summer Lindley Venue Catering was awarded a single-season contract and responsibility for managing all of the match-day and non match-day catering and events.

Tom Richardson, Gloucestershire CCC’s Chief Executive, said:

Teaming up with Lindley Venue Catering over the 2012 season provided us with a great opportunity to gain an insight into the way they work and to benefit from their knowledge and experience as we seek to expand our catering and hospitality services.

We’ve been delighted with the enhancements they have made to our match day catering, we have been impressed by their professionalism and sales and marketing expertise, and although they faced some tough competition in tendering for the contract, they demonstrated that they have the skill set which will maximise the potential of the new facilities, in particular outstanding new conferencing facilities, as well as providing cricket fans with a fantastic match day experience.

Adam Elliott, the Lindley Group´s Chief Executive Officer, added:

The new development opens up a whole range of opportunities to make much greater use of the new facilities and we are delighted to have been selected as the club’s catering and events partner from the inception of the new plans.

Differing fortunes for Orlando and Miami stadium projects in the past few days. Orlando’s city commissioners has picked Turner Construction as the general contractor for the new Citrus Bowl at a cost of between $175 million and $200 million. Allen Johnson, the city’s Venues Director. said:

This is an exciting time. We really have an opportunity to develop a new stadium.

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins’ proposal for public money for a stadium upgrade was turned down last week in a vote by the state Legislature. Owner Stephen Ross believes $350 million in stadium improvements are needed and he has ruled out a less expensive, scaled-down renovation.

The plan for the Citrus Bowl calls for demolition and reconstruction to take place in 2014 between the Florida Classic in November, football bowl games in December and January and the Monster Jam motorsports event in late January 2015.

The renovation includes replacement of the lower seating bowl and construction of new club levels on each side, with 5,000 to 6,000 premium club seats. The stadium will have wider concourses, new concessions, restrooms, kitchens and locker rooms, a new video scoreboard, a new façade and technology upgrades.

The Citrus Bowl renovation will affect 80% of the structure.

The Citrus Bowl renovation will affect 80% of the structure.