English rugby league club Wakefield Trinity has submitted a planning application for the next phase of the redevelopment of its Mobile Rocket Stadium, Belle Vue.
Following the purchase of the freehold of the stadium in March 2019, this phase will include the landmark construction of a 2500-seater East Stand. This and the other developments are the most significant within the stadium for 75 years.
The development will also provide first class amenities for the wider community of Wakefield and for the many activities delivered through the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation. The plans include:
- Construction of a new 2,500-seater East Stand to include a large hospitality/conferencing facility
- Refurbishment the existing “Rollin Shack” to provide a multi-functional leisure space including a café and club retail facility
- Renovation of the North Stand terracing providing an upgrade to spectator amenity in that part of the ground and an increase overall ground capacity
- An upgrade of the existing floodlights to latest LED technology
- Installation of a 4G pitch suitable for all weather use by both club and the community
- Creation of landscaped car parking and a FanZone behind the new East Stand
The cost of the works will be funded by a significant contribution from Newmarket Lane Ltd, a joint venture between Yorkcourt Developments and Henry Boot Plc, and other private funds facilitated by the club’s shareholders.
Wakefield Trinity said it is grateful for the support received to date from Wakefield Council as well as the club’s advisors on the project who have included: Turner and Townsend, Project Consultants; Pegasus Group, Planning Consultants; AFL Architects; Waterman Group, Consulting Engineers; Smeeden Foreman, Ecology Consultants; and Williams & Co, Solicitors
Announcing the planning application, Wakefield Trinity chairman, John Minards said:
The lodging of this planning application is an important milestone in our journey to redevelop Belle Vue. The structure of the existing East Stand dates from 1924 and the new stand will provide first-class 21st century facilities for our spectators which are well overdue.
Most importantly however, this phase of our redevelopment plans will provide multi-functional community facilities including conferencing and banqueting space and a café. The 4G pitch will also be available for community use as well as providing an all year-round venue for our first and youth teams.