Manchester United wins backing for stadium works
The football club has been given planning consent for a series of works to its Old Trafford stadium including extensions to improve access and seating.
Designed by architect Populous, the proposals are designed to provide better disabled access throughout the stadium, adding lift shafts and new turnstiles for away fans.
Works are set to take place at the Stretford End and the South East Quadrant of the stadium, and together will add 118 wheelchair user positions and spaces for carers as well a further 158 amenity seats.
The largest set of works are at the Stretford End where a red metal-clad extension will be added along with pre-cast concrete tubes on top of the existing stair cores. Accessible toilets and two food and beverage kiosks are also included. Similar cladding is to be used on the away end, where a smaller intervention is planned.
The architect said: “The extension at the rear of the Stretford End will enable the new platform to have good sight lines as the positions will be high but not affected by the leading edge of the existing roof.
“The atmosphere in the Stretford End is renowned and it is anticipated that the wheelchair users in this area will enjoy being part of the atmosphere of the stand.”
Populous added the works would “vastly improve facilities for disabled spectators” at the stadium.
“The design of the expansion elements will be sympathetic to the existing architecture and massing of the stadium and yet contemporary and of quality, as would be expected as an addition to such a world famous venue.”
Trafford Council gave the plans consent through delegated powers earlier this month. The team also includes Paul Butler Associates as planner.