Aston Villa submits amendments to £100m redevelopment
Amendments to Aston Villa’s £100m expansion and redevelopment of Villa Park have been submitted to Birmingham City Council.
Proposals were given the green light back in December, which will increase the stadium capacity to more than 50,000 and create a world-class sporting venue which can host international tournaments.
Now the club has made amendments such as adding a club shop to the new North East Corner, as well as creating a sports bar entrance which ties the new North Stand to the existing Trinity Road Stand.
This will enables silver hospitality guests on match day and the general public on non-match days to enter the building through their own dedicated entrance.
In addition, the existing Trinity Road Stand currently houses a small two-story brick building which was proposed for demolition. The club says it has become clear that this structure holds important mechanical and electrical equipment that would be disruptive and expensive to relocate. Therefore the block will be retained to reduces the amount of demolition.
The gold lounges at this level will now be refurbished, rather than being extended by 180sq m.
Aston Villa says it has met with the council twice during the design update period alongside Grimshaw Architects, and WSP planning consultants to review the proposals.
The club says the council were supportive of all the proposed changes. It also held a public consultation event on July 5, so the design team could share the minor amendment updates with the local community.
In a statement Aston Villa said it was, “continuing to explore exciting and dynamic concepts across the stadium itself in addition to the other functional buildings and spaces on the footprint of Villa Park, all with user experience, wider community functionality and positive impact on the local area in mind.
“Villa Park was recently selected as a venue in the UK and Ireland’s bid to host the UEFA Euro 2028 Championship with a decision on who will secure the tournament to be announced in October. The outcome of this revised and new application is expected during the Autumn.
“A fundamental part of our redevelopment plans involves the successful implementation of a modern, integrated transport strategy which substantially improves how our fans and visitors arrive and depart Villa Park.
“The club are working closely with the West Midlands Combined Authority, West Midlands Rail Executive and Birmingham City Council to finalise a plan for the station. WMCA are commissioning a technical design study to support the process of unlocking funding to implement the proposed upgrades”.