We’ve had requests for a review of the plan announced on April 2nd for the expansion of St. James’ Park – so here it is.
On April 2nd Newcastle United announced plans for a Â£300m three-phase development – including a major conference center, hotels and luxury apartments at St. James’ Park – plus an extension of the St. James Park ground capacity.
- Phase 1, for which planning positioned is being sought – will be a 140-bedroom hotel complex.
- Phase 2 will be Superior apartments on the site of the existing public car park, overlooking Leazes Park – with an address of Number 1 St. James’ Park.
- Phase 3 will be the Ground Expansion – of at least 8,000 – with a new stand at the Gallowgate end – to make the overall capacity of the ground at least 60,000.
Artist Impression of Completed St. James’ Park Project
The city has promised money will not be taken from club revenues to fund the development – and it is expected to be paid by both private enterprise and the City Council – and since by law Newcastle PLC are not allowed to go into detail concerning external investment – the financials of the deal are still a little unclear.
It should not have any impact – positive or negative – on the clubâ€™s debt.
The club has put no timetable on the development but expect it to be completed before the 2012 Olympic Games where Newcastle is a venue for the Football tournament. It would be an excellent time to showcase both the grouind and the city.
This is what Chairman Freddy Shepherd said at the time:
“What we are proposing is something not just for the football club, but for the whole city and the people of
“Having a conference center would enable
to attract top events in all fields, and the whole project will stand as a monument to the vibrant development of the city in the new millennium.” Newcastle
Finally – here’s some additional information that we have shortened – but it’s from a marketing brochure – so beware.
The building of a major conference center capable of holding top class events would be both the pinnacle of regeneration of the land around the stadium and a major attraction for the city. New jobs, both in construction and ongoing hotel and leisure employment, will also be welcome.
A planning application is in the process of being submitted for Phase One of the development, which would be the creation of a 140-bedroom hotel complex on the site of the old Magpie Supporters Club, land acquired by Newcastle United some time ago
St. James’ Park, already chosen as a football venue for the 2012 Olympic Games, is also set to become one of the most sought after addresses in
Superior apartments will also be created in Phase Two of this development, to the rear of the Leazes End, and the new residents of Number 1 St. James’ Park will have superb views of the Victorian splendor of the newly renovated
Newcastle are determined that St. James’ Park will remain one of the largest grounds and a 60,000-seater capacity is a minimum target for a club backed by the most loyal and passionate supporters in the game.
The ground expansion work would come at the Gallowgate End, and the club also have plans to develop the land above St. James’ Metro station.
All of the outlined plans are subject to approval from Newcastle City Council.
When completed, the whole development will significantly enhance the approach to St. James’ Park from St. James’ Boulevard and stand as a bold statement to mark the city council’s regeneration vision.
Hereâ€™s the actual formal development announcement if you want further information.