New design for Casement Park launched

Published Thursday, 07 February 2013
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Ulster GAA has launched the second stage of its ongoing consultation process for the £76.4m redevelopment of the Casement Park Stadium in Belfast.

New design for Casement Park launched
The consultation on the project continues until April. (© Ulster GAA)

A new design concept for the 38,000 seated stadium was launched at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday as part of the consultation.

The new stadium, which will be built on the existing Casement site, will have a new playing surface and modern facilities including corporate resources, player facilities and warm up area, a crowd control centre and a press centre.

A contribution of £61.4m from the NI Executive through the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and GAA investment of £15m will fund the project.

The new park will aim to attract significant events worth up to £15m to the local economy and sustain 1,500 jobs in the construction sector when it is redeveloped.

It is hoped the stadium will be finished in time for the 2016 GAA Ulster Final, which will move from Clones in Co Monaghan.

This key redevelopment for the GAA will bring a range of sporting, social, economic, health and community benefits to the area.

Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín

John Crossey, chairman of the Moorelands Residents Association, said he has been given a list of nearly 40 points of concern from those in the local community regarding the redevelopment.

"It's a positive thing as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of the local residents," he said.

"We're in negotiation with the GAA on a monthly basis and it's part of the consultation process."

The Casement Park Stadium Project Board, who manage the project on behalf of Ulster GAA, has been conducting a local community based consultation with residents and community groups since April 2012.

Tom Daly, chair of the board, said they have taken on board their issues and the second phase reflects feedback they have received so far.

"The input of the local community has been vital to our design team who have been able to adapt the design and our overall concept to ensure that the project complements and enhances the local environment," he said.

"Our overall aim for Casement is twofold, firstly we want to achieve the strategic requirement set by the GAA in 2002 which will see us develop a fit for purpose Provincial Stadium and secondly we want the stadium to be a social and economic driver for Belfast and the entire Province."

Ulster GAA President Aogan O'Fearghail added: "This project will be a regeneration anchor for the entire City of Belfast and Ulster GAA is proud to be leading on process that will assist the regeneration of the economy.

"We strongly encourage feedback from all stakeholders and I look forward to the Stadium Board progressing the planning application once this phase of consultation is complete. "

The consultation process will last until the end of April 2013 when a community consultation report on the stadium will be published.

Plans for the stadium redevelopment will be on display across venues in Belfast, including Andersonstown Leisure Centre, Falls Leisure Centre and City Hall.

© UTV News
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10 Comments
gagged voices in casement resident wrote (603 days ago):
A great white elephant. Horrendous for the local community living under the shadow of this carbuncle. What's it going to be like for the local residents to have to endure the noise pollution and the massive disruption during construction and concerts? No doubt the 'Im alright brigade' will claim sour grapes and no doubt either they don't live anywhere near this construction site. My quality of life? Your hard luck! Thank god there's someone to voice our concerns via the Mooreland and Owenvarragh residents Association. The GAA will not find it so easy to railroad this through they way they have tried so far.
Marty in Armagh wrote (622 days ago):
I didn't know about the murders your talking about k. I try not to live in the past. You should try it to.
K in Belfast wrote (622 days ago):
Casement park.......what about a memorial for the 2 innocent young soilders which were slaughtered here by republican scum leastt we forget
Marty in Armagh wrote (624 days ago):
Wheres the parking at Ravenhill? Windsor Park? Croke Park, WEMBLEY??? some people just want to have a moan... A matchday is a day out, not a day trip to Tescos where parking means something. Any decent minded person would just plan ahead. Other people just want to pull-up outside 2 minutes before throw-in and no doubt leave 10 minutes before the game is over to 'beat the crowds'..........SAD
Acknow in Philadelphia PA wrote (624 days ago):
@Paul stop complaining there will be parking. The bigest thing to happen in west Belfast in years and you want to start whining about were you want to park.
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