Southend United FC have received planning approval from the Southend-on-Sea Council for their new 21,000-seat stadium at Fossets Farm.
The National League team have been trying to get a new stadium built for over 20 years and are now realizing their most ambitious plans to date.
Designed by Populous, the development will include not only the stadium, but also a new training center, and will launch the creation of a brand new neighborhood with 1,491 housing units (including 439 affordable housing units for local residents), a 107 rooms and a conference center. lobby and other retail and commercial spaces. Two corners of the stadium will accommodate 347 of the apartments and general permission has been granted for up to 1,114 additional residential units as part of the larger development.
Meanwhile, the club’s current stadium, Roots Hall, will be redeveloped into 502 new rental homes.
The architecture of the new stadium wraps 360 degrees around the pitch, meaning fans will be locked in at all times. The appearance of the stadium, with the shell-like facade and roof separated by strips of blue polycarbonate, is a nod to the heritage and location of the Shrimpers.
The first phase of development, which includes the construction of three sides of the stadium’s general admission parts and the tree-lined approach to the ground, is expected to be delivered by 2023.
In the process, the second phase includes the completion of the main parts of the development and the general master plan, including the north stand, the indoor football domes and the residential buildings.
Mike Trice, Senior Director of Populous, said: “With the board’s support for this app, we now have a clear path towards realizing the club’s long-standing ambition for a new stadium. We now look forward to realizing Southend United’s vision of bringing home, business, leisure and sport under one roof. This will prove to be a dynamic and active development and will provide the best new home for the fans and the club. “
Architects. Masterplan, Stadium, Domes, Academy, Training center: People.
Structural engineer: Mott Macdonald
Architects. Residential: CZWG. LDA design.
Transport: To manage
Planning advisor: Powerhaus
Landscaping: Macgregor Smith
Assessment of the visual impact of the landscape: Kirkham Landscape Planning Limited
Durability, drainage and waste: Mott Macdonald
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