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Cambridge United stadium update Dec 2023 Image: Cambridge United FC

The English Football League (EFL) League One club Cambridge United F.C. is pleased to announce the appointment of Holmes Miller as architects of the proposed new redevelopment of their residence – the Abbey Stadium in Cambridge, England (UK) – as well as Wrenbridge Sport as the Project Managers.

‘Cambridge United FC’ stated that Holmes Miller has a growing portfolio of international sport and leisure projects from Belfast (UK) to Beijing (China) and over the last 30 years have developed a substantial reputation for experience, expertise and flair in the successful design and delivery of sport and leisure projects.

Preston (UK)-based the English Football League (EFL) is a league of professional football clubs from England and Wales (UK). Founded in 1888 as the Football League, it is the oldest football league in the world.

The English Football League One, known as Sky Bet League One for sponsorship purposes or simply League One in England, is the second-highest division of the English Football League and the third tier overall in the English football league system.

The Cambridge United Football Club is a professional association football club based in the City of Cambridge, England (UK). They compete in EFL League One, the third level of the English football league system. The club was founded in 1912 as the Abbey United, and took the name Cambridge United in 1951.

The Abbey Stadium is a football stadium in Cambridge, England (UK). It has been the home ground of Cambridge United F.C. since 1932, and currently has a maximum capacity of 7,937 spectators.

Glasgow (UK)-based Holmes Miller is an award-winning architectural practice that provides architecture, sustainability, virtual design, and construction services. They specialize in education, sport and leisure, residential, justice, commercial, and interiors.

London (UK)-based Wrenbridge Sport is a specialist business established to focus on the sport and leisure-related sector. The team work closely with the sports clubs, local authorities, leisure operators and investors in delivering stadia and sports facilities through enabling commercial development.

‘Cambridge United FC’ further stated that supporting them with the redevelopment of the Abbey Stadium is Wrenbridge Sport, which will see Richard Arnold appointed as the Project Manager. A United Season Ticket Holder, Richard has most recently project-managed the club’s new training ground development and has over 20 years sector experience.

Stated Alex Tunbridge, head honcho of Cambridge United F.C., “Today (December 4th) is an important step in the next phase of our clubwide strategy to improve the infrastructure at Cambridge United. First was about making improvements to the existing Abbey Stadium to improve the matchday experience. We have done much in recent months and will continue to make changes where we can. The second stage was to modernize the training ground facilities and it is great news that the new building is now being used by the playing side of the club. The third is now focusing on the redevelopment of the Abbey Stadium site. After a detailed selection process we are pleased to have appointed Holmes Miller as architects for the development of the Abbey Stadium. They have a proven track record of building and redeveloping stadia in the United Kingdom, and we believe the experiences from their most recent projects in Belfast and York (both in UK) make them an exciting fit for our project.”

Added Tunbridge, “The appointment of Richard Arnold as Project Manager also provides continuation from a building project perspective. Richard has done an outstanding job with the new training ground facilities and he and Wrenbridge Sport are the natural fit to continue supporting us. With the players having moved into the new training ground last week our attention, time and effort is now focusing on this project. To become a sustainable League One club, we need to increase our revenues and to do that we need to increase our capacity and improve our facilities for both matchdays and non-matchdays. We will have many hurdles to overcome to make the intended plans into a reality and we believe both Holmes Miller and Wrenbridge Sport will greatly aid us in redeveloping the Abbey Stadium into a fantastic community-focused stadium. We hope to be in a position to publish initial plans in early New Year. The timetable will however be dictated by the speed of response from all parties, and we are yet to have the signed Option Agreement or the supporting information we need back from the Supporters Club solicitors which will happen soon.”

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