Tuesday, June 14, 2011

News: Detailed plans submitted for Rotherham United's new stadium


A detailed planning application has been submitted for Rotherham United's new 12,000 seater community stadium, to be constructed close to the town centre.

The reserved matters application from Signet Planning on behalf of RU Estates Ltd, covers layout, appearance and landscaping and if approved, it will give full planning permission for the £17.3m development on the site of the former Guest & Chrimes foundry.

Outline plans that covered location, design and access plus environmental assessments looking at the impacts on flooding, noise, transport, ecology and listed buildings were approved in November.

The scale, location and general layout is the same as the outline plans but the main difference is that the 21 metre high, two-tier main stand has been swapped from the River Don side of the stadium, to the side near to the railway line, as indicated in the design images revealed in February.

Designed by S&P Architects, the development will include all the features of a modern stadium from changing rooms, boot rooms and press rooms to refreshment stands, spectator amenities and the club shop. It will also include hospitality areas over two floors including facilities for match-day banqueting, non-match hospitality, conferencing, training and education areas and commercial spaces.

The design also allows for future expansion of the stadium and the addition of a further 3,844 seats.

The roof design is the stadium's iconic feature. The roof sections will be made of solid, highly transparent plastic sheets of polycarbonate in a stepped formation going up to the main stand. These will ensure that the atmosphere from the fans is kept within the stadium and reverberated back onto the pitch, whilst also letting sunlight onto the grass.

The plans also include an unusual feature in modern British stadia - a terrace. Linked to the hospitality suites, terracing will stand above all other stands, "providing the impact and drama from the external plaza spaces."

Simon Chadwick, managing director at Signet Planning said: "The design of the stadium is seeking to provide a facility that is tailor made to Rotherham United and therefore the town as a whole.

"It is intended to establish a sense of civic pride as well as a modern purpose built football stadium that has the appropriate backup facilities and a high quality of accommodation."

The plans state that the club wishes to incorporate additional floorspace above the 4,500 sq m already approved by the planners. A separate application would be required for the desired 3,000 sq m of additional space for "commercial" uses.

The application has been given a provisional date for approval as September but as the club wishes to begin construction in the summer, and hope to be in the stadium for the 2012/2013 season, the agents have requested an early meeting of the council's planning board in order to determine the application as quickly as possible.

Rotherham United website

Images: S&P Architects / Rotherham United


Anonymous,  June 14, 2011 at 9:37 PM  

Thanks for a well written article. Do you think some of the funding for the stadium is coming from external parties, who may have an eye on developing the commercial units you mentioned? Possibly a similiar model to the one being worked on in Stockport

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