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The St James Park Development - New Stagecoach Stand, image 2 (June 2015)

Exeter City Football Club (ECFC) is beginning the public consultation process that will inform a planning application for a partial development of St James Park, including demolition and rebuilding of the Stagecoach Family Stand on the Well Street side of the ground.

Other suggested renovations are:

  • Relocation of and improvements to the player and referee changing facilities beneath the main stand.
  • Significant improvements to other parts of the ground including the replacement and enhancement of the toilet facilities for the Big Bank Stand.
  • Consideration will also be given to the enhancement of the away end.
  • An enabling development of approximately 320 student beds on land behind the Big Bank Stand and two adjoining pieces of land, the Yeo and Davey site, and 20 Old Tiverton Road.
  • Approximately 350 sq. m of retail use in the form of a convenience store on the Yeo & Davey site.

ECFC is working with commercial partner Yelverton Properties that will assist with the delivery of the proposals. Yelverton is currently on site developing a new Pavilion for Exeter Cricket Club and 159 student beds.

Chairman of Exeter City Football Club, Julian Tagg, said:

These plans are only in the early stages of formulation.  But, the full scope of what we will be proposing could deliver significant improvement in the experience of the spectators at St James Park, as well as a considerable boost to our work in the local community. 

We will not know the full extent of what could be achieved through these plans until the detailed design work has occurred, alongside the full public consultation programme launched today.  But what is clear is that the aspirations for St James Park that these plans have would meet a key element of Exeter City’s long-term vision as an outstanding community-owned Club. 

We have been supporter-owned since 2003, and I am very proud that both the Club and the fans, through the Supporters’ Trust, have come together to produce a Mission Statement for Exeter City.  This Mission Statement outlines a range of practical objectives that support the overall Club Vision.  These include ‘delivering viable financial performance’, ‘developing first class capabilities’, both on and off the pitch and ‘to engage with our members, supporters and the wider community.

Elite sports complex welcomed

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The £4.8m sports complex in Caerphilly will benefit elite sports, including rugby.

A new sports complex is taking shape on the site of the old Ystrad Mynach hospital in Caerphilly, Wales. It will include all-weather rugby and football pitches and a pair of 500-seater stands along with a gym, changing rooms and conference facilities. Caerphilly County Borough Council has awarded the £4.8m constuction contract to Northern Ireland’s Heron Bros.

We applaud Caerphilly Council’s proactive initiative in creating this facility which will greatly enhance the development of elite sports men and women in the area, which will be of great benefit to the local community, the Dragons region, and to Wales,

said WRU Head of Rugby Joe Lydon on the occasion of the project start.

State of the art grandstand to complete Cheltenham jigsaw

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The Jockey Club is investing £45 million into the next stage of development at its flagship Cheltenham Racecourse. Subject to planning permission, the proposed development will create a state of the art new grandstand in place of the circa 1920s ‘A&R’ block.

The new grandstand will house annual members’ facilities, general public viewing areas, private boxes and Royal Box facilities. The Jockey Club investment will include improvements for owners and trainers, and focus on enhancing the overall customer experience at the racecourse. The 2013 Cheltenham Festival, one of the UK’s major events, welcomed in excess of 235,000 people.

The Jockey Club Board commissioned a feasibility study into the proposed development at Cheltenham. With that completed and having now been presented with a robust business plan, a range of financing options and a carefully tested design, they had no hesitation in approving the project,

Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director of Jockey Club Racecourses said

The economy remains challenging, but we continue to grow our business successfully year-after-year, allowing us to invest more into our sport. We are contributing a record amount into prize money in 2013 from our own resources and that will remain a key area of focus for us. We propose to finance the development at Cheltenham through a range of commercially-sound methods, on which there will be more news in the coming weeks.

Provided planning permission for the proposed development at Cheltenham is achieved in time and the necessary financing is in place, the main development will begin immediately after the 2014 Festival with a scheduled completion date ahead of the 2016 Festival. During the construction period, Cheltenham would be able to continue staging its race programme as normal.

All of us at Cheltenham are delighted to be involved in this new iconic grandstand development, which will make a huge difference to the experience for many racegoers,

said Ian Renton, Cheltenham and the South West Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses.

Over the course of a successful 2013 Festival, we gathered customer feedback asking us to improve bar facilities, increase the number of toilets, provide further viewing opportunities of the racing and the parade ring and help improve circulation on the busiest days.

This new development will deliver all these enhancements as well as offering much improved facilities for Annual Members and Owners & Trainers, an excellent facility for our existing A&R boxholders, and new opportunities through additional hospitality areas and viewing boxes to generate revenue to reinvest into racing.

Robert Waley-Cohen, Chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse, added:

This development will enhance Cheltenham’s unique character and is the last part of the grandstand development that began 30 years ago. It focuses on two key objectives: maximising enjoyment of the horse and improving the overall Cheltenham experience for all racegoers.

Before and after images of its proposed grandstand development, issued by Cheltenham racecourse.

Before and after images of its proposed grandstand development, issued by Cheltenham racecourse.