Villa Park Phase One revamp greenlighted



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The Premier League team Aston Villa F.C. today (December 22nd, 2022) welcomed the Birmingham City Council’s decision to grant planning permission for Phase One of the club’s redevelopment and expansion of their residence – the Villa Park in Birmingham, England (UK).

‘Aston Villa’ stated that the project will increase the stadium’s capacity to over 50,000, allowing Villa Park to host major international tournaments and enable its return to the world stage.

The Aston Villa Football Club is a professional football club based in Aston, Birmingham, England (UK). The club competes in the Premier League, the top tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1874, they have played at their home ground, Villa Park, since 1897.

The Villa Park is a football stadium in Aston, Birmingham, England (UK), with a seating capacity of 42,682. It has been the home of Premier League side Aston Villa since 1897.

‘Aston Villa’ further stated that the above decision comes just a month after the Villa Park was shortlisted by the United Kingdom and Ireland bid to host the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) EURO 2028 Championship.

The 2028 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA EURO 2028 or simply EURO 2028, will be the 18th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organized by UEFA for the senior men’s national teams of its member-associations.

The first phase of redevelopment at the Villa Park will include a brand-new North Stand, enhancements to the existing Trinity Stand and the creation of Villa Live, a new, 6,500 sqm multipurpose commercial destination to replace the existing shop, academy building and security lodge.

Over 7,000 sqm of new public realm surrounding the stadium’s Witton Lane entrance will also be created, significantly improving accessibility, biodiversity, safety, and the overall experience for fans, visitors and the local community.

A vital component of the redevelopment plan is to substantially improve the transport system around the B6 area. The club is already working in partnership on this with the West Midlands Combined Authority and West Midlands Rail Executive, who have recently commissioned a feasibility design study to establish the upgrades required and ensure the Witton Station meets the future demands of the community and increased visitation to Villa Park, Aston Hall and Aston Park.

Securing planning approval at Villa Park is an exciting and vital first step in achieving the club’s vision to be a world-class venue and a catalyst for the continued redevelopment of the Aston area as part of the wider City masterplan. The club will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the elements of the project which Aston Villa does not control, such as the transport system and infrastructure works, are prioritized to ensure the best outcome for its fans, the local community, the City, and the wider region. Progress in these sectors will be key to confirming a timeframe and the sequencing of Villa Park works.

Once operational, the redevelopment of Villa Park will contribute an estimated £119.9m to the West Midlands economy each year, creating hundreds of jobs during and post-construction and attracting 1.65m visitors to the local area annually.

Commented Christian Purslow, Aston Villa head honcho, “This is great news firstly for our fans – many of whom are on a waiting list for season tickets, secondly for the club itself – as our long-term competitive strategy depends on continued growth, and finally for our City and the region – with the prospect of a redeveloped Villa Park driving economic regeneration in our local community and bringing back international football to Birmingham.”

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