Alternative Redevelopment Plans Announced For Ashton Gate
Tue 5th Feb 2013 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Bristol City Football Club is bringing forward alternative plans to redevelop Ashton Gate, it has been announced.
The newly-redeveloped multi-purpose stadium would be used by Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby, both of whom are overseen by the same umbrella company, Bristol Sport.
Bristol Sport would project manage construction to ensure that the clubs remain focused at all times with on-field success.
The club’s home in South Bristol will be redeveloped in stages over time to incorporate new stands where the existing Wedlock and Williams stands are currently sited, and these together with renovation works to the Dolman Stand would increase the capacity to over 26,000 seats. Work would also be carried out to the interior of the Atyeo Stand.
The plans for a redeveloped Ashton Gate already include space for a club shop and museum of sport, as well a large “Wedlock’s Pub” area incorporated into the site.
Speaking on behalf of the Bristol City FC board, Jon Lansdown, said: “Ashton Gate has been the club’s spiritual home for more than 100 years and these plans would improve and enhance the facilities ready for the next 100 years.
“The stadium would be designed with supporters in mind; there would be full engagement and consultation to ensure we represent the history and heritage of the club as fans would like.
“Modern stadium facilities are a key pillar for the club, closely aligned with our community engagement and the importance of financial prudence. This redevelopment plan is testament to all of that.”
The proposed redevelopment is estimated to cost £40m, with any shortfall being underwritten by Bristol Sport owner Steve Lansdown.
The redevelopment plans have received the backing of Major of Bristol George Ferguson.
Lansdown continues: “These plans give us a viable alternative to Ashton Vale. The landowners of Ashton Vale remain very confident that they will be successful at the Inquiry in October, but we need to make sure we have an alternative as, regardless of where it is sited, the Club needs a new stadium. We now have a way forward in that regard.”
Plans will be submitted early in the summer months and, once underway, a full stadium redevelopment would be deliverable within three years.
A Desso pitch will be installed at Ashton Vale or Ashton Gate to cope with the multi-purpose nature of hosting both football and rugby.
Sainsbury’s has planning permission to move from their existing site on Winterstoke Road to Ashton Gate, in the event the club moves to a new stadium at Ashton Vale.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “Whilst we are disappointed that this decision would not provide our customers and colleagues with a new store in Ashton Gate at this time, we do appreciate that the club needs to explore all options available to them to secure their future.
"Whilst we await a decision on the Town & Village Green issue our colleagues at Winterstoke Road will continue to provide fantastic service to our customers.”
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