A Review of the St. James’ Park Expansion Project


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 £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.

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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 club’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 Newcastle.

“Having a conference center would enable Newcastle 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.”

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 Newcastle as the club also plans another hotel – to include “one of the very best names” in that field – to enhance the stadium and its surrounds.

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 Leazes Park and Lake.

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.

Here’s the actual formal development announcement if you want further information.
http://www.nufc-finances.org.uk/hotels.htm



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11 comments so far

  • És

    May 22, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #1

    I just love it:).
    I hope it gets a least 65000. Can someone answer me why we don’t could build it all the way round it?
    sorry but i’am from Norway, and we don’t know the answer ;).

    Is it true that Stanley park in liverpool will be build a 65000 seater?

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  • simen

    May 22, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #2

    jeg tror det er fordi bygningen ved siden av er verneverdig;)

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  • És

    May 22, 2007 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #3

    oki

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Stanley Park will have a capacity of 61,000 – up from the initial 55,000.

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  • Valle

    May 22, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #5

    The buildings that would need to be demolished looks like residental buildings and moving such a large amount of people could prove difficult. However im sure it can be done in time, othervise we would have build a new stadium instead of expanding St. James in the first place since it makes no sense to throw money at a growing projekt like a football club without making sure that it can in fact grow in its surroundings. However we are talking distant future here in my opinion, since it will take a decade of chmps. league football and incomming top stars to fill a 75.000 seater or whatever the finished St.James would hold, and tho i also love the idea of such a magnificent stadium, my guess i that the more seats we get, the less atmothphere we’ll get, since the new seats will properly be filled with foreigners like myself who know none of the usual songs and who arent that vocal for various reasons. I would like to use that to point out that folders with usual songs handed out to the fans or even a big screen with the song text would do wonders for the atmosphere, also a giant flag to every 1000’th supporter to go with the scarves.

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  • Alex

    May 22, 2007 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #6

    The buildings behind the East Stand are “listed buildings”. This means they are preserved as part of the heritage of the city and cant be knocked down or changed. They are Georgian style terraced housing and i think it is these buildings that prevented the east stand being expanded in the past. So i doubt this will change any time soon. It does seem like the only expansion possible will be on the Gallowgate End.

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  • nick

    May 22, 2007 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle will never be able build all the way round as there are grade 2 (or possibly grade 1) listed buildings behind the east stand. The fact that the buildings would be in cast in shadow most of the day was, I believe, one of the reasons why the east stand didn’t get built any higher in the 90’s…

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  • Si

    May 22, 2007 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #8

    From what I believe, the buildings you’re refering to our listed and so are unable to be demolished.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 23, 2007 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #9

    excellent comments guys.

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  • reggie22

    May 23, 2007 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #10

    valle i understand your point about the songs and things but everyone of the 50000 fans that visit st James all of them had a first time do what we all do sign along when u don’t know the words no one cares if your making noise and before u know it u pick up all the songs and even start the chants trust me its infectious and no one cares as long as your having the time of your life that’s half the beauty of the club !

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  • gavin

    Oct 29, 2007 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #11

    it cant be built all the way around because of the houses and lack of space

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