A new image was released last week detailing the proposed new grandstand for Plymouth Argyle Football Club which forms the centerpiece of wider regeneration plans for Higher Home Park. The replacement for the outdated and tired Mayflower stand at Argyle’s Home Park stadium will provide a high quality new grandstand for the club – complete with the facilities to generate new match day and non-match day income to re-invest in the team and put the club on a more sustainable financial footing.
In March, Akkeron Group launched a consultation on its £50 million proposals to transform Higher Home Park into a sporting and leisure destination unrivaled in the South West of England, building on the legacy started with the opening of the nearby successful Life Centre.
Included within the proposals are a first class competition-standard ice arena, hotel, restaurants and retail opportunities and one of the largest cinemas in the South West region with 10 screens (including an IMAX).
There has been a high level of interest in the scheme, with very encouraging feedback received from local people and Plymouth Argyle fans – including through meetings with fans’ groups – which has been taken into account in refining the designs for the grandstand prior to a planning application being submitted shortly.
Some of the key changes include adopting a two-tier design. The architects’ impression shows office/hospitality/club retail areas at each end of the stand and modifications to the supporting roof structure to provide an uninterrupted view from all seats.
James Brent, Chairman of Plymouth Argyle and Akkeron Group, said: “We have been very pleased at the way in which fans and the public have responded to our proposals and worked constructively with us to help evolve the design of the grandstand.
“It is exciting to see the designs develop into the image which we’re looking at today. The grandstand will provide a fitting venue for the club and a centerpiece to the wider regeneration of Higher Home Park, with the opportunities this provides to enhance the Central Park area, improve facilities for local people and visitors, create jobs and boost the city economy.”
Source: Akkeron Group