- August 12, 2021
- Posted by: SportsV
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Leicester City Football Club revealed its initial plans for the expansion of King Power Stadium’s capacity to 40,000 and significant developments to the surrounding areas this week.
The unveiling of the plans will begin a period of public consultation, as well as giving the Football Club an opportunity to share its vision for significant enhancements to King Power Stadium and an evolution of areas that have potential to be of great benefit to the city of Leicester.
The plans will include proposals for the addition of 8,000 seats at King Power Stadium, taking the capacity to 40,000, as well as a 220-room hotel and a multi-purpose event and entertainment arena.
There are also proposals for a new Leicester City retail space, residential and commercial space, and multi-storey car parking facilities – enhancements to the site that can further the evolution of both the Football Club and the city.
The big reveal
The developments will further underline Leicestershire’s reputation as a home of world-class sport and create a 365-day destination that will support the regeneration of an area that has been the home of Leicester City Football Club for 130 years.
The feedback obtained from the public consultation with the local community, local businesses, supporters and key stakeholders, will help inform decision-making as the plans evolve, in order to deliver a major events destination that can support the Club’s continued growth and become a major asset to the city of Leicester.
Leicester City Chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, said in a statement earlier this year:
The unveiling of these plans represents a significant milestone in the long history of Leicester City Football Club, and one that we hope will continue to put our supporters and our community at the heart of its long-term future.
Through the consultation with our fans, our local community, businesses and stakeholders, we hope to achieve something that we can all be proud of for years to come. It’s these conversations that will help us communicate our vision to the people at its heart and take onboard the views of our community to help shape it.
While this vision is in its early stages, I know the prospect of additional capacity for more Leicester City supporters in King Power Stadium, has long been anticipated by us all, particularly after seven near sold-out Premier League seasons.
The plans to build on the Club’s recent growth – with a stadium expansion as part of an exciting wider site development – is a wonderful demonstration of the shared ambition of both the Football Club and the city of Leicester. It is a project with the potential to generate enormous social value, starting with a substantial number of additional jobs for people in the region. We will be working with our partners and contractors to ensure this is a central consideration from construction through to long-term operation.
Debbie Power and Nick Marshall of award-winning AJ100 chartered architecture, interior and graphic design practice, KSS, will be speaking at the ALSD International conference being hosted by Liverpool FC, September 6-7. Leicester City will also be in attendance.
Making the shortlist
The Leicester City FC Training Ground project has been shortlisted at the 2021 Structural Steel Design Awards.
A beacon of ambition for the future, the state-of-the-art new complex in Seagrave marks the next stage in Leicester City’s development and is now home to the Club’s entire professional and academy football operation.
The Foxes first used the site late last year and the team reaction was extremely positive, with Manager Brendan Rodgers describing the transition as being a ‘different world altogether’ for the Club.
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The Structural Steel Design Awards celebrate the excellence of the United Kingdom in the field of steel construction, particularly in terms of efficiency, cost effectiveness, aesthetics, sustainability and innovation.
The design team comprised of KSS, contractor McLaren, structural engineers TRP Consulting, and steelwork contractor BHC Limited, all of whom are looking forward to attending the awards ceremony at Spitalfields on 28 September.
Source & imagery, courtesy: Leicester City FC and KSS
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