Brentford doubles up
A number of long-term stadium construction projects are firming up with announcements about the construction teams and the teams to play in them.
Construction of the Brentford Community Stadium is on course to be completed in 2020 and it’ll be a two-sport stadium: The Bees and London Irish will play there from the beginning of the 2020/21 season. The football club will have primacy of use.
Connacht catching up
Connacht Rugby have formally submitted a planning application to Galway City Council for the redevelopment of the Sportsground Stadium.
The planning application comes after a detailed design process and extensive public consultation carried out in conjunction with technical advisers.
The submission coincides with the official launch of the Government’s Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund which opened last week.
The Sportsground redevelopment will cost in the region of €30m and the allocation of public funds is needed for the project to go ahead.
Connacht Rugby Willie Ruane chief executive said:
“Following the design phase and extensive engagement and consultation with the public we have now formally submitted our planning application to Galway City Council for the redevelopment of the Sportsground.”
“Since the public announcement of the project in early October we have received widespread support from the public and elected representatives for the development of the stadium and delivery of a high performance training centre.”
Workington Town rugby league and Workington Reds football club are planning a new 8,000-capacity stadium with synthetic pitch. The clubs held a public drop-in event in the first week of December with the planning consultants Iceni who have been appointed by the council to draw up the planning application.
Fulham has hired Buckingham as the main contractor for their new stand along the Thames walk.