Approval for the enlargement of the Aston Villa stadium designed by Grimshaw

Grimshaw’s updated plans to enlarge Aston Villa FC’s North Stand and turn a nearby warehouse into a venue for events have been accepted by Birmingham council.

By abandoning plans for a brand-new events venue named Villa Live, two proposals supported by council members at the end of last week attempted to speed up the club’s £100 million enlargement of its Villa Park stadium.

The multipurpose community and entertainment venue, which will be called “The Warehouse,” will instead be housed in an existing building that now houses the Stumps Academy.

Council members also gave their approval to proposals by Grimshaw to redesign the North Stand renovation and include new internal mezzanine level with shop, ticket office, “heritage experience,” and improved food and beverage options. In December of last year, the initial plans for the North Stand without the mezzanine were approved. To increase the stadium’s capacity to 50,000, the current plans still call for expanding Villa Park by 7,300 seats.

The Villa Park extension project team also includes structural engineer David Smith Associates, interior designer F3 Architects, cost consultant Core Five, town planning and transportation consultant WSP, architect Grimshaw, and MEP engineer ME Engineers.

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