Memorial Stadium Regeneration

December 5, 2005

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In the five or six weeks since the public launch of the new proposals for redeveloping the Memorial Stadium, work has been progressing steadily behind the scenes. A Consultation and Communications Strategy has been developed and is now available to download at the bottom of the page.

Local property advisors, King Sturge have been commissioned to provide detailed advice on the business case for the incorporation of the student and key worker accommodation and they made their first report to the Stadium Regeneration Steering Group in early November.

An exhibition of the proposals has also been developed and this will be open to the public – supporters and local residents on 5th and 7th December in the annexe to the main bar in the Club House (behind the Bass Terrace).

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The exhibition material was presented to several of the city councillors at a special briefing on 18 November at the Stadium. Geoff Dunford opened the proceedings explaining the background to the new proposals and Roger Cooper set out the arrangements that had been developed for consultation throughout the process. He also handed out copies of the Club’s Consultation and Communications Strategy. Robert Guy, Managing Director of S&P Architects then described the concept in greater detail and the various options that exist in developing the design further.

All speakers stressed that the design was only at concept stage at the present time and that a lot of further work will be required to get to a point where a planning application can be submitted.

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There was then a general discussion and the councillors asked questions about the various issues that concern their constituents. These focused on traffic and parking and clearly, these are issues that concern many people. However, this is not just a problem on match days and it will require focus from all concerned, including the city council, if appropriate solutions are to be found.

The councillors were then taken on a walk around the stadium to help them visualise the plans they had seen and the group finished their tour in the Club’s IT Suite to hear Mandy Thorpe explain the latest initiative the Club is involved in – the Government sponsored Playing for Success scheme whereby school children are given lessons in English, Maths and IT in the setting of the stadium. This has been very successful in many other clubs up and down the country and the early signs are that it will be successful here too.

The next step in the regeneration process is the public exhibition next month and a special briefing that is being arranged in London for Bristol and Kingswood MPs. A further progress report will be given early in the new year.

So, do come along to the Memorial Stadium on either 5th or 7th December and see the proposals for yourself. As part of the consultation process we need feedback and all comments are welcome.

Download the Regeneration plan here.

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