Villa Park expansion plan gets approval

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Birmingham City Council has approved Aston Villa FC’s request for a significant stadium expansion at Villa Park.

The Premier League football club is looking to increase the stadium’s capacity to over 50,000. Thus, it will be able to host important international tournament matches in the future.

The stadium is one of the 14 stadiums in the UK and Ireland that are competing to host UEFA Euro 2028.

New North Stand and Trinity Stand renovations are both part of the redevelopment’s plans. A new 6,500 square metre multi-purpose commercial lot will be built in place of the existing shop and security lodge as part of the Villa Live proposal.

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Villa Park redevelopment project

The first phase of the development is set to begin next year. Consequently, it is slated to complete by 2025 and would add about 7,400 seats to Villa Park.

The stadium currently has a capacity of 42,785. The club stated in a statement: “Subject to planning, construction work will start in spring 2023. We also anticipate work to last between 18 and 24 months.”

In addition to increasing the stadium’s capacity and commercial options, the expansion plans call for building over 7,000m2 of new public space near the Witton Lane entrance.

Schlaich Bergermann Partner, under the direction of Trivandi and Grimshaw Architects, is in charge of designing the new, multi-million pound structural framework.

The plan also includes enhancing the local transportation infrastructure around the B6 area. The West Midlands Combined Authority and West Midlands Rail Executive are collaborating with the club on this project.

They have also commissioned a feasibility design study to determine the upgrades needed to ensure Witton Station meets the future demands of growing visitor traffic to Villa Park.

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