Work to revamp Glanford Park could begin in summer

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 4 Jan 2018

WORK on redeveloping Scunthorpe United’s Glanford Park stadium could begin in the summer, with plans for the project set to be submitted this month.

Iron chairman Peter Swann has revealed the project is set to cost between £14 million and £18 million and could see the ground’s capacity increased to 11,137.

The club announced in October that they would be looking to redevelop their current home and would no longer be going ahead with plans for a new stadium as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes project.

Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside ahead of United’s home clash with Bury on New Year’s Day, Mr Swann stated the plans to redevelop Glanford Park would be tabled to North Lincolnshire Council some time this month.

The Iron then hope to start redeveloping the ground in the summer, one stand at a time.

And he said the project would become a lot clearer once the plans officially go in.

Mr Swann said: “That will go in January, there’s not really much else to say except that the plans will go in within the next two to three weeks.

“It isn’t as big of a project as we were going to have on the other site, but outside of that, it is going to be an exciting thing for the town and for everyone involved.”

Without giving away too much information on how the new stadium will look before the final plans are revealed, Mr Swann made one thing very clear – that it will be a general improvement on how we see Glanford Park right now.

He said: “In a nutshell, it is going to be improvement, a general improvement as we need it upgraded. Even though it is only 28 or 29 years old, it is not great, as you see.

“We are going to change every stand, and we’re going to expand around the outside. 

“We are going to bring the things into this stadium which we were going to have at the other site. We’re looking forward to it.

“We’re at around 9,000 (capacity) at the minute; right now we’re planning on increasing to 11,137.”

When asked by the BBC about how he reflects on the episode of relocating from Glanford Park to a potential new stadium, Mr Swann said while he was obviously disappointed, he was also excited about what is in store for the redevelopment of Glanford Park.

He said: “I don’t let it bother me too much, but we’re having to move forward now with our own actions, I can’t really say too much about that.  But we have been disappointed with the response from two or three parties.

“We’re moving on with redeveloping Glanford Park, and although it is a secondary project, it is one I am excited about, and I think the fans are more excited about redeveloping than they are moving (to a new stadium), so hopefully they’ll take it all on board and as soon as they see the plans we’ll start getting input from there.”

Mr Swann then went on to state that the club were likely to begin working on redeveloping Glanford Park this summer, after the 2017-18 season comes to its close.

If the Iron were to gain promotion to the Championship this season, the priority would likely be to redevelop the standing terrace at the Doncaster Road End, because of the Championship’s policies on all-seater stadia.

Mr Swann said: “We can actually start redeveloping pretty quickly because it is our own site and we already have it here – it is an extension of what we have.

“It will probably be in the summer, with one stand at a time depending on where we are. 

“If we’re in the Championship, we might have to do something with the standing.

“If not, then we might start on the Telegraph stand and go from there, that’s where the construction team will be working with me to try to keep everything going through the next year, 18 months, two years.”

When asked about the cost, Mr Swann revealed the estimated price for the full redevelopment of Glanford Park.

He said: “We think the cost will be somewhere between £14 million and £18 million to completely revamp this stadium.

“You need to see it, but all I will say is that it is going to look a lot more than it does at the minute.”

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