28 February 2019

New City Ground Redevelopment for Nottingham Forest by Benoy

Benoy have been working with Nottingham Forest on a stadium wide regeneration, which will expand the stadium to the largest in the East Midlands with 38,000 seats. A project designed out of Nottingham, for the fans of Nottingham Forest.

Offering best-in-class stadium design, the Peter Taylor stand will present world-class player facilities and a new approach to guest hospitality. This will see the incorporation of multiple suites and dining venues to appeal to different fan groups and non-match day audiences. 

Alongside Benoy, we are working with an international group of advisers to ensure that every aspect is planned and delivered to world-class standards. There will be changes and new ideas which come forward and influence the final design, but at the heart of this project is being ready for the next phase of the clubs history, in the largest stadium in the East Midlands.” Tom Cartledge, Benoy, CEO

The design for the new stand will create a tier of 10,000 seats under a dramatic cantilevered roof. Additional facilities such as a museum and a new club shop will be a part of the scheme. New spacious concourses for general admission and improved facilities for supporters with disabilities by means of substantial wheelchair spaces will also be incorporated.

A local project to Benoy, it has been designed out of the Newark studio by long-standing Nottingham Forest fans at the helm. 

Every home game I sit with my old man and my young sons. As a family, we have been red for 72 years, and we intend to be for many years to come. A recent trend has seen clubs move their new stadia to non-city centre locations, but never has this been on the table for the Forest owners. 

The brief was clear, this is our home, we stay, we develop and we build upon or 125 year history on the banks of the river. The City Ground has evolved and grown, and remains a unique experience for fans and players, and this will only get better.” Tom Cartledge, Benoy, CEO

Part of an exciting wider regeneration programme for the city and the surrounding area, the detailed masterplan will see a new residential development terracing down to the river, providing stunning views towards Trent Bridge. 

This is close to another Benoy scheme, Broadmarsh Shopping Centre in Nottingham, for which the firm was appointed architect and masterplanner. On site now, the retail project will undergo a £86 million transformation.

As for the next stage, Nottingham Forest will enter a period of consultation and engagement with the relevant supporter groups before making the necessary planning application. Subject to the relevant consents, building is set to commence at the end of the 201920 season. 

The development is a true celebration of Nottingham’s culture and expertise; designed by Benoy, we have 70 years of experience, providing our clients with integrated design solutions.” Mike Wilson-McCormack, Director — Head of Newark Studio

The new modern state-of-the-art structure will see The City Ground capacity become the highest in the East Midlands reaching 38,000, with the new Peter Taylor Stand becoming the next-generation centrepiece of the scheme.

The proposals illustrate the long-term strategy and commitment of the owner Mr Evangelos Marinakis, along with Benoy, to create an iconic riverside stadium. 

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