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Southend-on-Sea is to receive a 21,000 seat, purpose built stadium to be located at Fossetts Farm, Essex. The new stadium will have a larger capacity, and will be more suited to National League team Southend United’s needs. Excitement is building, but not only about the stadium, plans for the area also include 1,114 new homes. There will be 333 affordable homes, and the existing stadium at Roots Hall will be redeveloped to provide 502 rented homes.
Architectural designers Populous are the company chosen to create the new stadium with plans for a mixed-use stadium development. It will include a hotel and conference facility plus retail and commercial spaces. The area is expected to be popular as people generally like to be around anything football related, and training facilities will be in the vicinity. Market leading designers, Populous, are at the forefront of environmentally sustainable design solutions for public assembly venues.
The residential development plans are unique in that homes will actually be housed within the Southend FC stadium! This is pretty unusual as these type of houses are typically located in independent, separate buildings. The frontages of the residential properties will be visible at the North Stand, as well as conferencing and matchday hospitality spaces. The residential accommodation, designed by CZWG and LDA Design, will be set on top of the stadium.
Phase one of the development, will see the construction of the general admission areas of the new stadium, along with Supporters Way. This is a tree lined access route used by fans on match days. Phase one is expected to be completed by 2023. Phase two will encompass the completion of principal parts of the development and overall masterplan.
Sports clubs of all sizes are increasingly having to rethink how they operate, frequently moving towards a more business-focused approach. Facilities also require upgrading due to things like changing consumer demands, digitalisation of stadiums and modern construction methods.