Bristol City FC opt to revamp existing stadium

Bristol City will push ahead with plans to expand its existing Ashton Gate stadium this May.

The club’s majority shareholder Steve Lansdown broke the news at the Annual Supporters Meeting yesterday.

The club had been considering options to redevelop its existing ground at a cost of £40m or move to an entirely new £60m stadium at a new site in Aston Vale

He said: “We’ll sign the section 106 agreement any day now, and then we have six weeks to wait for the Judicial Review period.

Lansdown added: “We wanted to give some certainty to supporters, so if we get through to March with no Judicial Review, then we will be going ahead with the redevelopment plans, starting in May.”

The plan to redevelop the existing stadium involves replacing the Williams and Wedlock stands to increase its capacity from 21,500 to 27,000 in stages over the next three years.

Alongside the stadium the club also intends to build a new conference, exhibition and entertainment centre for the city.

Capita Symonds is project manager and KKA Architecture, the designers.