Supporters submit plans for Old Trafford hotel

Old Trafford Supporters Club has submitted plans for a 139-bed hotel and supporters' club next to Manchester United's ground.

The 10-storey building has been earmarked for a vacant plot of land between the Bridgewater Canal, Wharfside Way and Sir Matt Busby Way.

Former United player Gary Neville is understood to be involved in the proposals, committing cash to the project from his testimonial last year.

The 85,000 sq ft development has been designed by Manchester architect AEW.

A planning statement by the applicants to Trafford Council stated: "This is a unique project which will provide MUFC fans with their own facilities immediately adjoining the Old Trafford stadium, whilst also encouraging interaction with the local community."

It added: "The building and its facilities are restricted to members of the OTSC and their affiliates and will not be open for use by the general public on match days or at any other times other than by prior agreement."

Steve Burne, managing director at AEW Architects, said: "We've worked with Gary Neville on several projects and are delighted to be involved in the application for the supporters' club, this is a genuine chance for Gary to give something back to the fans.

"A lot of time was invested in the design stage so that we could be sure the building will provide a true match day experience for the fans. It is a significant project that will attract attention from around the world, and one that draws on AEW's experience in the hotel and leisure sectors."

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Shouldn’t that read as, “…Gary earning a great return from his tax free testimonial cash”… unless MUFC supporters stay there for free of course.

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