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.