Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

IFA step up Windsor refurbishment plans

New look: Windsor Park is being redeveloped
New look: Windsor Park is being redeveloped

The Irish Football Association has taken another step forward in their plans to complete the redevelopment of Windsor Park.

The football body has teamed up with a planning, environmental and engineering firm to help finalise a planning application for the project.

RPS will now work closely with the IFA, the appointed Integrated Consultant Team, Planning NI (formerly Planning Service) and other statutory bodies to ensure a robust application is prepared.

The RPS Group is also advising the IFA with regard to community consultation for the project as the views of local residents are taken on board.

Anyone living in the area where Windsor Park is located can have their say in a design development process.

Geoff Patterson, the Irish FA Project Sponsor for the development of the national stadium, said: “We are working to a challenging deadline to deliver the National Football Stadium.

“The planning application is a fundamental part of this delivery of the National Football Stadium and the appointment of RPS has given the Irish FA the reassurance that with RPS’s strength and depth of experience of significant and related developments in the UK and Ireland it will provide an integral component in the overall delivery of our new administrative headquarters and home football venue.” The IFA is receiving £25.2m from DCAL — as part of the government’s pledge to inject funds into football, rugby and GAA — to redevelop Windsor Park to raise the capacity to 18,000.

Raymond Holbeach, Regional Director, RPS Group, added: “We are currently undertaking a community consultation exercise providing the local community and other interest groups with information about the project and inviting them to contribute to the design development process.”

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