Middlebrook to Undergo £100million Redevelopment

  • November 08, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton Wanderers have announced a £100million redevelopment plan of the Reebok Stadium, Bolton Arena and Middlebrook Retail Park.

The project, if granted public approval, would be funded by Burnden Leisure, in conjunction with the not-for-profit Bolton Arena Trust.

The development includes the construction of new sporting and educational facilities, as well as potentially extending the west stand of the Reebok Stadium to allow for further commercial opportunities.

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has spoken about the plans and believes the investment is what is needed to improve on the club's initial plans, which were made in 1996.

"In 1996, the club's then board had the vision to build the Reebok Stadium," Gartside said.

"Now we are seeking to add to that vision with the planned creation of a major regional sports and education centre and offices at Middlebrook.

"This would maximise the potential of the existing facilities and develop further complementary elements.

"Our scheme includes working closely with the Bolton Arena Trust to reconfigure the Arena. This would lead to a new sports building and also an upgrade of the football pitches and other sporting facilities, which would bring further benefits and usage for the community.

"There are also plans to build a new education and welfare building at the Arena, along with the expansion of the West Stand at the Reebok Stadium.

"This would see the provision of up to 29,000 square metres of commercial and office accommodation adjacent to the stadium.

"In addition, we will continue upgrading our facilities at the academy, including permanent changing rooms at Lostock.

"These are all very exciting proposals and we will be working with local residents and all parties involved in these plans, as, together, we seek to make them a reality."

At this stage, the following plans are being placed under consideration - according to The Bolton News.

 - An upgraded and reconfigured arena building for full-time sports academy use, with accomodation for up to 500 students.

 - The construction of a new 105 metre sports building linked to Bolton Arena, which would house sports halls, tennis courts, changing facilities, administration, indoor football pitch and viewing lounge.

 - Upgrades to sports facilities at Bolton Arena, including improvements to the running track, an artificial match pitch and new floodlit five-a-side pitches.

 - A new five-storey, 5,000 square-metre education building to the south of Burnden Way, which could house a free school and sports academy.

 - Restructuring and expansion of the Reebok Stadium's west stand to provide up to 3,000 square-metres of accomodation, with new hospitality areas and administration facilities.

 - Up to 29,000 square-metres of commercial and office accomodation in a 'grand arc' of seven-storey buildings on land next to the Reebok's north stand.

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