Fri 19 Apr 2024, 12:29 · Ash Harrison

Report: Company behind Everton's new stadium throw hat into the ring for St James' Park redevelopment

Report: Company behind Everton's new stadium throw hat into the ring for St James' Park redevelopment
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The results of the feasibility study around the expansion or relocation of Newcastle United's stadium is due to be released within the next two weeks.

A substantial feasibility study looking at all possibilities around increasing matchday revenue for Newcastle by way of expanding or relocating Newcastle's statement is due to be released before the end of April which will give fans an insight into the next steps.

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust recently polled fans on what they would prefer to see happen, and the overwhelming majority said they'd like to remain at St James' Park.

The PIF, Amanda Staveley and the Reubens are well aware that this is the preferred option by fans and that any talk of relocating the stadium would be met with massive resistance.


No option is going to be easy and no option will please everyone

That being said, a move to Leazes Park could satisfy a number of options. The stadium would move, but not very far from its current site, keeping its "Cathedral on the hill" and city centre status. However, this move runs into roadblocks from conservation groups which would make things difficult.

Ideally, expansion would be the way forward, but again, that is complicated thanks to many factors including the Metro under the Gallowgate and the Grade One listed buildings behind the East Stand.

However, the company behind Everton's stunning new Bramley Dock Stadium, BDP Pattern, believe there will be ways that an expansion could be achieved and they'd love to be a part of it, as they told Mark Douglas for inews.


So much goes into stadium design that we just don't think about

Populous, the group behind Tottenham Hotspur's fantastic new home are the company who have done the feasibility study, but BDP Pattern have said they'd love to be involved before giving a bit more insight into the task ahead to inews.

“There is a way to do it. There are two types of problems we tend to deal with in the industry. One is technical problems – looking at geometry, sight lines, that sort of thing – but they can generally be resolved with better materials or design or engineering or testing.

“Then there are political problems – time, money, land and bringing together political will to make it happen.

“I think in a project like Newcastle both of those things have to come together. You need clever technical solutions that maximise the potential space, really look carefully at sight lines and how the seating is configured to make that work.

“But then also, as with anything, there needs to be broad consensus that this is a project worth doing that will bring benefit to the city. If those things are aligned anything is possible with enough time, effort and money.”