Plans in for Widnes FC revamp
The football club is set for a new home under plans submitted to rejuvenate King George V Recreation Ground in Widnes.
Proposals have been drawn up by 1618 Architects, on behalf of SJJ Contracts, seeking new facilities for the playing fields. The vacant clubhouse would also be renovated and brought back into use.
The 18-acre site is located off Dundalk Road, close to the DCBL Stadium where Widnes FC currently plays.
The pitches are used by a number of adult and youth football and rugby clubs from across the borough.
Two stands would be built within the main pitch enclosure – one to accommodate 300 seats at the side, and one to accommodate 150 standing supporters at the far end.
Four 18-metre light columns would be added to the pitch to provide floodlighting for games and training. An additional six 15m lights will be set up on the side training pitch. Lumosa is consulting on this.
A full refurbishment of the clubhouse would see the installation of a disabled lift, accessed via the car park.
The clubhouse’s ground floor would be renovated to include changing facilities for home and away teams, as well as match officials, a club shop, showers, and an office.
Meanwhile, its first floor would boast a snooker room, kitchen, bar, and room for visiting directors. An additional balcony will be added to the rear for match viewing.
All existing windows will be replaced with bi-folding aluminium doors.
East of the site, the defunct bowling greens would be converted into a car park to accommodate 85 spectators. The current total of 40 spaces has been deemed insufficient.
Iris is the transport consultant on the project. Arbtech is providing environmental consultancy.
The application’s reference number with Halton Council is 23/00008/FUL.