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To take OAFC forward we need a new stadium, thats as they say FACT !

 

The plans look good, the pictures and designs are impressive... but what do you the fan think ?

 

 

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Published: 15th February 2006

Latics’ new £80m goal

 

OLDHAM Athletic’s stunning £80 million vision which will transform Boundary Park into a 21st Century stadium in a league of its own.OLDHAM Athletic has unveiled plans for the ‘Oldham Arena’ – a futuristic 16,000-seater sports, corporate and leisure facility they claim could create at least 1,000 new jobs.

 

Club officials see the £80 million project as an opportunity to regenerate the borough and – following failed schemes like Sports Park 2000 and Ferney Field – are now challenging the public and private sectors to show the commitment required to realise their Boundary Park dream.

 

Latics director Ian Hill explains the vision is to transform the prime 21-acre site into a showcase complex containing community and corporate facilities the town currently lacks.

 

"I don’t see this purely as an Oldham Athletic thing – it is a massive opportunity for the whole borough," he said.

 

"It is one that we as a town can’t afford to miss as we may not have a chance to make as big a statement as this again for a long time.

 

"We’ve had the Ritchie Report and Oldham Beyond, but what has actually been achieved to improve the image of the town or the quality of life for its people?

 

"It doesn’t have to be this way but perhaps it needs the private sector to have the guts and willpower to show the town how, with everyone’s support, it can be different."

 

A planning application is set for submission by the end of 2006 to enable construction work to start at the end of the 2006/7 football season.

 

Development would be phased, starting with the construction of a new Broadway Stand, then replacing the current Chadderton Road and Main Stand. Only the Rochdale Road End, built in 1992, would remain intact.

 

However, all will depend on funding being available and – with the architects, Frank Whittle Partnership, projecting costs between £70 and £80 million – officials are pondering several options.

 

One "fall-back" measure is to sell approximately a quarter of the site – land to the rear of the Chadderton Road and Broadway stands – for a development comprising town houses and multi-storey apartment blocks.

 

Naming rights for the venue are also up for grabs, while key additional funding could come from a partnership mooted with the Pennine Acute Hospital Trust, which runs the Royal Oldham.

 

Although no deal has yet been struck, the new plans make provision to re-accommodate NHS staff currently scattered around town in sub-standard housing into 300 new rented apartments behind the Rochdale Road End.

 

And in a scheme similar to that used at Warrington and Blackpool’s stadia, some of the Primary Care Trust’s healthcare services like physiotherapy, podiatry and dentistry could relocate into office space within the new South Stand.

 

Ian Hill said: "We listened to local health officials in formulating our plans and saw how this has been a success in other developments.

 

"Our close proximity to the Royal Oldham offers a unique opportunity in that we could also help with their car parking and staff accommodation problems."

 

Simon Corney, Latics’ managing director, said the new Boundary Park could host England U21 football internationals and high-profile Rugby League fixtures, but warned the scheme was a necessity for the football club’s future.

 

"If this doesn’t happen you truly have to wonder what the future is for Latics," he said.

 

"It is haemorrhaging money in a decaying stadium with poor facilities and that has to change. There is a massive amount now hedging on local firms and groups getting fully behind us with funding and commitment."

 

The Oldham Roughyeds rugby league club would continue to share the stadium and their chairman, Chris Hamilton, has praised the plans.

 

He said: "The vision of the Oldham Arena is a bold and imaginative step forward in the future progress – not only of professional sport in the town – but also for the borough as whole and we are very supportive of it.

 

"We hope that the benefits, as demonstrated with similar projects throughout the country, will enable the project to become reality."

 

Local MPs Michael Meacher and Phil Woolas also expressed support in a joint statement.

 

It said: "We firmly believe that the proposals will attract a great deal of commercial interest in the proposed hotel, conference venue, and prestigious office facilities. The direct motorway access will open up a conference market of 20 million people who live and work less than 90 minutes drive from Boundary Park."

 

Click on the images below to see them in more detail - and click on the link below to see the video of a computer simulation which gives a spectacular glimpse of the planned stadium.

 

 

 

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IN DETAIL:

 

PROJECTED to create at least 1,000 jobs it could also provide a host of new corporate and community facilities including:

Three new stands with bars, hospitality boxes, catering and restaurants

A landmark four-star tower hotel with 130 beds

Conference facilities for up to 1,000 guests

A fitness/leisure centre with swimming pool

100,000 square feet of prestigious office space

300 new rented apartments for key local health workers

 

CHADDERTON STAND

Currently known as the Chadderton Road End, this would be rebuilt to a 3,200 capacity stand.

Contained within this – at the corner with the new North Stand – would be a tower hotel and recreation facility which planners hope will become prominently identified with the borough as the visual cornerstone of the development.

Ian Hill said: “As part of our plans we are looking to develop a landmark – something that makes a statement about Oldham’s future and makes the town immediately recognisable.

“We propose building a four star tower hotel making an immediate statement to those leaving the motorway and entering the town: Oldham is a thriving and exciting area.”

The hotel would have a link through to the banqueting and conferencing facilities in the North Stand and would also boast a new 21,500 square feet leisure and fitness club, including basement swimming pool.

 

NORTH STAND

Currently the Broadway Stand, this would become the new main stand with a seating capacity of 5,200.

At ground floor level it would accommodate the main players’ and executive entrances with a shop, ticketing office, cafe and restaurant, with turnstile access to the first floor concourse.

Conference/banqueting facilities for up to 1000 guests would be provided for match and non-matchdays.

Upper floors would house club offices, a directors’ suite and executive boxes with external seating.

Above third floor level would be 85,000 square feet of lettable office accommodation on up to three separate levels.

Ian Hill said: “At present, large business conferences, school presentation evenings, wedding receptions and any event at which a large number of people gather are being held outside of town.

“With this in mind, we propose to build facilities within our new main stand that would accommodate 500 people for banqueting and 1,000 people, theatre-style for conferences.”

Additional facilities around the arena would be capable of hosting meetings from 10 people upwards to satisfy smaller requirements.

 

SOUTH STAND

Currently known as the Main Stand, this would be rebuilt into a single-tier structure with an estimated capacity of about 3,000.

The ground floor would have a restaurant. The first and second floors would have 15,000 square feet of lettable office accommodation. One possibility is that some space could be taken up by healthcare services provided by the Primary Care Trust and the Pennine Acute Hospital Trust which runs the Royal Oldham.

Ian Hill said: “It would alleviate the hospital’s need for space by allowing it to relocate some of its existing or new facilities within our stadium, at the same time helping to address the car parking difficulties. We have allowed space for this in one of our stands, reserving it specifically for that use.”

 

Carl Marsden

 

First published by the Oldham Advertiser

 

http://www.oldhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/s/2...w_80m_goal.html

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According to this weeks Advertiser these plans are out of date.The tower hotel project has been withdrawn in favour of additional housing. Maybe a link to the revised plans could be attached.

 

 

These are the latest plans that I can find in the public domain .. we keep my eye out

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Here's the most recent news on the project:

 

Homes will help fund Latics’ new stadium

 

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AN artist's impression of the new ground. (Image courtesy of Frank Whittle Partnership)AN artist's impression of the new ground. (Image courtesy of Frank Whittle Partnership)

EXCLUSIVE

 

OLDHAM Athletic have unveiled revised plans for the multi-million pound redevelopment of Boundary Park – and work is set to start this summer.

 

Officials will submit a planning application within weeks for the phased scheme to provide the borough with a state-of-the-art 16,000-seater venue.

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The scheme now places more emphasis on residential development to enable the club to fund the significant costs of their stadium plans.

 

The amount of lettable office space has halved from 100,000 to 50,000sq ft due to a disappointing uptake from business and public bodies.

 

But there is now provision for approximately 600-650 new dwellings – a mix of one and two-bed apartments and three-bed town houses – plus 80-100 key worker units on the 21-acre site.

 

The original plan for a landmark tower hotel has also been ditched but the club this week revealed an alternative deal to purchase and demolish the Clayton Arms as part of their vision for a new West Stand.

 

The old bar and sports hall will now make way for a three-star hotel with a capacity of approximately 80 bedrooms and undercroft parking for around 70 vehicles.

 

Much-maligned public changing facilities on the Clayton playing fields would also be rebuilt and there is additional space for ancillary retail units, such as convenience stores and small cafes, around the stadium.

 

Ian Hill, Latics director, said: "We now hope to submit the planning application by the end of February. We would like to start demolition and re-development work on the New Start Mortgages Stand (the new North Stand) as soon as possible at the end of this season, although that would obviously depend on planning consent being received.

 

"That would take around 12-18 months to complete and after that work would start on where the interest and demand is highest. In an ideal world we’d be redeveloping the Chadderton Road End next.

 

"The revised scheme has a lot more emphasis on apartments simply because that is now proving to be the best way that we can fund the redevelopment." The stadium elements of the original plans – which left the Rochdale Road End intact – remain broadly unchanged.

 

The three other stands would be completely rebuilt to incorporate new operational and conferencing suites plus complimentary facilities such as high quality office space and a fitness centre.

 

The proposed new residential units would be located to the rear of the current Chadderton and Rochdale Road ends with a ‘green corridor’ between them and the surrounding neighbourhood.

 

Officials held a consultation meeting with residents this week to explain their amended scheme.

 

Ian Hill hailed the purchase of the Clayton Arms from local brewery JW Lees as the "final piece in the jigsaw".

 

He said: "For some time now we have been in discussion with the brewery regarding the acquisition of the Clayton Arms and their positive support has now given us the opportunity to move forward with the re-development."

 

The venue will officially change hands later this year in order to allow it to honour bookings.

 

Guide To The Ground

 

NORTH STAND (currently the New Start Mortgages Stand)

Seating capacity 5,200

Concourse/ancillary facilities at first-floor level

New Main Stand with club facilities - changing rooms, ticket office, shop etc

50,000 sq ft lettable office space

Function/conferencing space - 500 seated

Executive boxes (approx 25)

 

WEST STAND (currently the Chadderton Road Stand)

Seating capacity 3,200

Concourse and ancillary facilities at first-floor level

Three-star hotel - approx 80 bedrooms

Undercroft parking for approx 70 cars

 

SOUTH STAND (currently the Main Stand)

Seating capacity 3,000

Concourse and ancillary facilities at ground floor level

Health and fitness club - approx 17,000 sq ft

Carl Marsden

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And the first NIMBY;

 

 

What Oldham Athletic has forgot to mention is that the apartments are going to be up to 6 storey's high so all the residents on Carlton Way and Downham Close are going to be completely overlooked !!!! Also where are all the supporters going to park their cars as the car park has been taken over with apartments and town houses !!!!!!!!!!

Mrs Barber, Carlton Way, Royton

08/02/2007 at 18:20

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SILLY women as given her address :blink:

 

Sure that being overlooked isnt a point of objection.. its more to do with Light restiction of your property..

 

Here are more comments published in the Advertiser on the revised plans for the redevelopment of Boundary Park:

 

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You can oppose planning permission on the grounds of a reduction in natural light, but not because you may be ovelooked or lose a view.

The Watcher, Saddleworth

12/02/2007 at 13:13

 

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There is a solution to every problem Mrs Barber. I'm sure that all but those who are not objecting for the sake of it can appreciate the value of working with their hometown club as opposed to working to undermine it, as all too many have taken delight in doing in the past. Kill these plans and you likely kill the club. Few small clubs are going to survive as professional clubs the more that the money man tighten their grip on football. Latics are already at least ten years behind some similar-sized clubs in terms of facilities. The owners know that the only chance of long-term survival is to make the club self-financing. This stadium redevelopment is the only way to achieve that.

Thistledown Fred, Royton

12/02/2007 at 12:49

 

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As a proud Roytonian myself I can understand Mrs.Barbers concern,too many changes in recent years in our part of the Borough,But I can not see modern style appartments being 6 storey,s high,the more modern developments tend to be no more than 3 storeys. As far as Parking problems,the club could introduce a park and ride scheme from other parts of the borough. As a lifelong Latics fan I would say without any doubts that the current board of Directors are the most open and approachable of modern times and it would be wise for Mrs Barber and her neighbours to query the club if they have any grey areas,rather than stoke up a battle based on hearsay through the local press,as happened with the Clayton Dog Toilet,sorry,Playing fields. This could be a make or break time for both Latics and the Rugby,if this project fails would the residents prefer to see the clubs stagnate,fade away and leave way for a housing estate the size of Thorp Farm or Royley? Open and honest Dialogue from day one should prevent another Watersheddings style disaster and give the town a stadium to be proud of.

Ian McGeary, Royton

12/02/2007 at 01:24

 

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Draw yer curtains Mrs Barber, the club is the town's ONLY asset nowadays.

Ribtickler, Oldham

11/02/2007 at 13:17

 

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Outside your house of course ! Then you can something else to moan about !

oafc, here

11/02/2007 at 11:59

 

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Topic split whilst it's fresh news.

 

I expected the first application to be for the Broadway Stand alone, but it's good to hear that it's for the entire project.

 

This could, of course, be a long process, considering the locals they'll come up against, but good news all the same. :)

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i Understand that there was a forum with the local residents latley who didnt have any major opposition to the plans. Latics consulted with the residents and local businesses to improve their application. Should have any problems with apporval. I assume the council will be looking at the completness of the project and whether all aspects have been taken into account.

 

Good news, i want a brick :)

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i Understand that there was a forum with the local residents latley who didnt have any major opposition to the plans. Latics consulted with the residents and local businesses to improve their application. Should have any problems with apporval. I assume the council will be looking at the completness of the project and whether all aspects have been taken into account.

 

Good news, i want a brick :)

I want a porcelain bowl from the gentlemans area!

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I want a brick from the old stand.

 

If a scheme for the new stand got set up i would by one also.

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Topic split whilst it's fresh news.

 

I expected the first application to be for the Broadway Stand alone, but it's good to hear that it's for the entire project.

 

This could, of course, be a long process, considering the locals they'll come up against, but good news all the same. :)

 

Stevie, it's a detailed application only for the new main stand. It's ony an outline application for thr remainder of the redevelopment proposals.

 

Even if the remainder is appoved in outline, it will still need a separate detailed application in due course.

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Stevie, it's a detailed application only for the new main stand. It's ony an outline application for thr remainder of the redevelopment proposals.

 

Even if the remainder is appoved in outline, it will still need a separate detailed application in due course.

Of course. That'll teach me to skim-read before posting.

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Kick-off for Latics arena

 

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AN artist's impression of the Oldham Arena, with phase one, the new main stand, on the left

 

‘Exciting’ stadium plans are submitted

 

A PLANNING application has been lodged that will kick-start a new era for Oldham Athletic.

 

After 18 months of work and consultation, with residents and Oldham Council planning officers, it is the first step towards creating the Oldham Arena at Boundary Park.

 

Detailed plans were being submitted for a new main stand — on the site of the current New Start Mortgages Stand — plus outline permission for the remaining phases of the multi-million pound redevelopment.

 

Athletic chief executive Alan Hardy said: “This is an exciting time for the football club, the fans and the borough. We have worked extremely hard to get to this stage.

 

“It is vital for the future of the football club that we start this process and add to our revenue through the new facilities.”

 

Athletic officials expect the planning process to take around 13 weeks and by the end of July they expect to be approaching contractors to quote for the building work.

 

If this timescale is maintained, Athletic expect to start demolishing the former Ford Stand — built in 1972 — around October, after consultations with the 1,300 season ticket holders in these seats.

 

These will be accommodated elsewhere in the stadium until the new facilities are completed in time for the start of the 2008-09 season.

 

The new stand will have 5,200 seats — a net increase of 1,800 — on five levels.

 

The ground floor will house a new reception, ticket office, club shop and administration centre, plus home and away changing facilities and physiotherapy suite..

 

On the first floor there will be a boardroom, sponsors’ and directors’ dining area, a players’ lounge and a concourse with bars and food outlets for spectators.

 

A 500-seat banqueting suite, with windows overlooking the pitch, will dominate the second level, which will also house 22 executive boxes.

 

The club has received expressions of interest for 10 of the boxes and are confident these will prove popular once work is under way.

 

The third, fourth and fifth levels will have a total of 50,000 sq ft of commercial and office space.

 

Mr Hardy added: “It is important we start this project and demonstrate to all our partners that this football club has to take these steps to secure a viable financial future.

 

“We remain confident that the whole of the development including the office space, hotel and living accommodation will take the club to a new level and beyond and be a major asset for the borough.”

 

The long-term aim is to transform the 26 acres that constitute the Boundary Park site into a mixed residential and commercial development with the Oldham Arena at its heart. Phase two is likely to be the hotel development in the Chadderton End and phase three the replacement of the Horners Stand, with the residential elements dependant on securing deals with developers.

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Thinking about this the otherday... if we're to have a selection of 'executive boxes' wouldn't it be a good idea to name them after some Legends?

 

I'm not a fan of naming stands after people... too much money can be made from selling the branding on them - which to a club like ours is vital - but having the 'Ritchie' box and the 'Royal' :wink: box... which could have a signed picture of the player in question on the wall etc. would be a great way of making them both more attractive for people to use and also for the club to 'honour' legends!

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Thinking about this the otherday... if we're to have a selection of 'executive boxes' wouldn't it be a good idea to name them after some Legends?

 

I'm not a fan of naming stands after people... too much money can be made from selling the branding on them - which to a club like ours is vital - but having the 'Ritchie' box and the 'Royal' :wink: box... which could have a signed picture of the player in question on the wall etc. would be a great way of making them both more attractive for people to use and also for the club to 'honour' legends!

hre here for me weve got to have a billy urmston box (might a swear box be more appropriate) after all the kids hese brought through .

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Clicky

 

Just been browsing the oldham council website and stumbled across this, Diego might have the time to browse all 838 pages!

 

Interesting read alot of it, an awful lot more detail than we have seen previously.

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Diego might have the time to browse all 838 pages!

 

After today you'll all have a rest from me for a few days. Off to Brighton at 8.00am on Friday and get back on Sunday.

 

I'll read through the planning document next week.

 

Now where's that special tee shirt?

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