Crusaders FC launches ambitious stadium project

by Pete Hayman | 04 Sep 2008

Crusaders Football Club has identified two sites in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that could house an ambitious joint stadium project.

In partnership with Newington Football Club, the plans for both locations, launched at the end of August, include a shared 4,200-capacity, all-seater stadium as part of a wider community sports development.

Designed by Frank Crowley Architects of Dublin, the new stadium will be located at either Grove Park in north Belfast, or at Lower Valley Park in the Newtownabbey area of the city.

The proposals for the wider sports complex include a 3G training pitch and 10-pitch internal soccer 'dome' for the Grove Park site, while the Lower Valley Park site would include a multi-purpose 3G training pitch available for rugby and GAA use. A 12-screen cineplex with bowling alley, a 60-bedroom hotel and residential sports village is also planned for Lower Valley.

A statement issued by the Crusaders FC and Newington FC Stadium Working Group said: "We were tasked by a unanimous decision of Crusaders' members a year ago to investigate the sale of the club's ground at Seaview and re-invest the proceeds in a way that would secure the club's future.

"In seeking, with Newington FC, to develop a cross community, shared stadium and sports complex, our vision is 'go wider' than football and to develop a mixed sports, educational and leisure development which made sound business sense and attracted a much broader level of community involvement."

The project is expected to cost between £27m and £35m, depending on which site is chosen for the development. Funding will come from a number of sources, including contributions from both clubs, the sale of Crusaders' current ground, and grant aid.

Plans will now go before both Belfast City Council and Newtownabbey Borough Council for consideration. Both proposed locations are in a segregated area of north Belfast, and it is hoped the scheme will act as a flagship for reconciliation and a shared future.

Crusaders' manager, Stephen Baxter, said: "This is an ambitious, visionary project but is grounded in sound financial business acumen. Our vision is founded on two fundamentals. First, all the ingredients for a sound sports and leisure business and second, good community relations."

Crusaders Football Club has identified two sites in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that could house an ambitious joint stadium project. In partnership with Newington Football Club, the plans for both locations, launched at the end of August, include a shared 4,200-capacity, all-seater stadium as part of a wider community sports development. Designed by Frank Crowley Architects of Dublin, the new stadium will be located at either Grove Park in north Belfast,
ARC,DES,PRO,SAR,CLD
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7019     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7019     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: GOCO Hospitality
The specialists in designing, developing and operating spa and wellness spaces.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
Alice Shay leads the Stranded Assets project with the Cities Practice
"Infrastructure is the manifestation of our collective investment in the functioning of our urban places"

FromLA'sRiver Projectto thetransformationof NewYork’s Erie CanalBuro Happold'sAliceShay explores some of the world's mostinnovativeadaptivereuseprojects

CLAD people: Jean Nouvel
Jean Nouvel Architect
"It has spaces inside that exist nowhere else"

On the National Museum of Qatar

features
The fog sculpture at 140 West Plaza in Downtown Chapel Hill, US
Mikyoung Kim
"Nature isn’t rigid. It’s open-ended; that’s its beauty"

The Boston-based landscape architect on blending art and science to design creative spaces that bring communities closer

Mahdavi designed pastel interiors for the recently opened Laduree store and cafe in Tokyo
After working for Christian Liaigre in Paris, Mahdavi launched her practice in 1999
"I never thought it was a talent. I just did it very naturally, without thinking"

The ‘queen of colour’ on her nomadic childhood, being fearless and choosing the exact right shade of pink for the Sketch Gallery restaurant

The resort has been designed to highlight the beautiful surroundings
"True luxury is about preserving the soul of an incredible destination"

KimMegsonvisitstheaward-winning ChabléYucatánResort&Spa

cladkit product news
BD Barcelona Design reveals Cristallo by the late Alessandro Mendini
Cristallo was the last design from acclaimed designer and architect Alessandro Mendini
Lauren Heath-Jones
Design Studio BD Barcelona Design has released Cristallo, a limited-edition cabinet designed by the late architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, ...
Crown overhaul changing rooms at Saunton Sands spa
Crown Sports Lockers installed rain of Nebraska Oak clothes lockers with RFID Digilocks in the changing rooms
Lauren Heath-Jones
Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon, UK, has completed a £2m expansion of its spa and wellness facilities. The upgrade included ...
Tom Dixon Studio to relaunch iconic Pylon chair
Pylon was first designed more than 20 years ago
Lauren Heath-Jones
Originally conceived in his metal workshop in the early 90's, the Pylon chair was Dixon's attempt to create the world's ...
cladkit product news
Duravit launches Tempano shower trays
The Tempano trays feature a state-of-the-art design that combines a linear slope with a high drainage rate
Lauren Heath-Jones
Duravit, a Germany-based bathroom fixtures company, has launched Tempano, a series of easy-to-install shower trays for the home. Available in ...
Mater partners with Ditzel family to create eco-friendly furniture using reclaimed plastic
The furniture uses plastic from recycled fishing nets
Lauren Heath-Jones
Mater, an ethical design brand based in Denmark, has launched a furniture collection made from plastic reclaimed from the ocean. ...
ZHD'S MEW Coffee Table explores relationship between surface and structure
The MEW Coffee Table is described as an investigation into the relationship between surface and structure
Lauren Heath-Jones
Zaha Hadid Design has partnered with Italian furniture design firm Sawaya & Moroni to create the Mew Coffee Table. The ...
cladkit product news
nea studio showcase seaweed's design potential with hand-crafted algae lamps
The seaweed lamps were inspired by Edwards Anker's ethos of incorporating local and organic materials in her designs to give them a sense of place
Lauren Heath-Jones
Nina Edwards Anker, a Brooklyn-based designer and founder of architecture and design practice nea studio, has created a new collection ...
Alusid's Sequel collection combines craftsmanship and sustainability says founder
The Sequel collection is billed as the 'most waste-efficient and sustainable' on the market
Lauren Heath-Jones
Alusid, a creator of eco-friendly surfaces, has partnered with Parkside to launch the Sequel range, the brand's first collection of ...
Paul Kelley pushes 'technical boundaries' with modular furniture cube system
The system is designed to enable users to create multifunctional, adaptable pieces, where they are in complete control of the design and function of their furniture
Lauren Heath-Jones
British designer Paul Kelley has created a modular magnetic cube furniture system that enables users to create multifunctional, adaptable pieces, ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates