Gloucester City AFC can reveal an exclusive first-look at the current working plans for the new stadium which can be found here, Meadow Park Revised Plans
The plans, which have already been shared with the National League, Gloucestershire FA and the Football Foundation, have been revised since the original planning application was approved and the following key changes have been made with a view to making the project deliverable for 2019:
- Retention and conversion of Arriva House (the former Meadow Park clubhouse)
- Construction of 2 x 250 covered seated stands, one either side of the club house
- Provision of an enlarged T-End – a covered standing terrace for over 800 fans
- Inclusion of the existing open terraced stand, currently located at Evesham United FC
Stadium Project Coordinator Matt Phillips said:
“We felt it was appropriate to share the current working plans as we have nothing to hide and we want to reassure our supporters that we are making real progress. It is no secret that the stadium will initially be quite basic, but the revised layout and use of existing buildings means that we meet the minimum criteria for the National League South and crucially we can deliver it in the timescale required. The plans are not final and there are still some tweaks to be made but it’s largely the stadium as shown here which will be built.”
By placing the seated stands around the footprint of the original permitted scheme, the door has been left open for future development of the stadium.
Club Director and Chartered Planner Rob Ellis said:
“We’ve commenced pre-application discussions with the Council, with a view to submitting an application for amendments as soon as possible.”
Chairman Rod Jenner added,
“The original plan for the £4million pound build, whilst it would have been a brilliant facility was overly ambitious. This revised scheme is cheaper to build, achievable within the time scales and allows us to grow organically and eventually implement the bigger scheme.
Speaking to Steve Vaughan at Gloucester Rugby back in the Spring, we spoke of this intention and he provided very sage advice and advised that this was indeed the way to go. We can upgrade facilities as and when we need to but this will ultimately achieve the Boards primary objective of finally bringing the Club back to Gloucester.
We’re in the process of putting our funding application together now and will look to have that submitted as soon as possible. Between Eamonn, Alex and myself we have all the resources required to deliver that ground and to do it within the timescale will require excellence of execution.
If anyone wishes to talk about the ground and the ideas behind it, please feel free to speak to myself or any of the Management Board at games or you can tweet to the @MeadowPark1883 account.”