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Pompey's Horsea Island stadium plans unveiled

We have heard it all before, and seen all the designs in the past but the possibility of finally moving to a new state of the art home seems closer than ever before - and plans for our proposed new stadium on Horsea Island have been revealed.

This is what the Pompey Site had to say on what promises to be an exciting new venture along with what those involved with it had to say, as well as those all important designs too...




Pompey and Sellar Property Group have unveiled the stunning designs for a new waterfront stadium on Horsea Island.

The development will create a superb 36,000 all-seater stadium as well as a stand-alone indoor exhibition centre/arena with an all-seater capacity of 10,000.

The stadium will be on a 'gateway site' to the city on the south side of Horsea Island, adjacent to the M275 and M27 motorway junction overlooking the Harbour, Naval Dockyards and out to the Solent.

The development is being designed by Swiss-based leading international architects, Herzog & de Meuron. The firm is responsible for both the Beijing National Stadium, centrepiece of this year's Beijing Olympics, and the Allianz Arena football stadium in Munich.

A new Naval diving and training facility is also planned which will be supported by a mixture of complementary low-rise residential, retail and leisure uses.

The project, together with future redevelopment of Fratton Park, will generate several thousand jobs during the construction period and many hundreds of permanent jobs post completion.

Peter Storrie, Chief Executive of Pompey, said: "We only have one word to describe this stadium. Perfection.

"The club will be playing a big part in the regeneration of the city and our fans will have the very best in terms of facilities and amenities as well as an excellent viewing experience.

"Portsmouth Football Club has moved into a new era with the backing of owner Alexandre Gaydamak and these are very exciting times for the club both on and off the field. The new stadium, along with plans for the club's new training ground at the Alver Valley in Gosport, are proof of where we want Pompey to be - playing at the highest level and in a stadium befitting a top Premier League side."

Pompey and Sellar also announce proposals for the redevelopment of the club's historic 17-acre Fratton Park site for a mix of low-rise residential and retail uses.

A phased development of Fratton Park will create a low-rise scheme in keeping with its environment. Part of the site, including the current car park and adjacent land, will be developed while the club continues to play at Fratton Park.

The club and Sellar have formed a joint venture company in which both Fratton Park and the new waterfront development will be held, enabling appropriate development finance to be secured to complete the overall project. The creation of the residential and commercial elements of both schemes will contribute to the development.

Subject to receipt of the necessary consents, work could get underway in 2009 and construction of the new stadium the following year.

James Sellar, Chief Executive of Sellar, said: "'Cutting edge' solutions to stadia require an owner who personally identifies with the project and is willing to embrace a scheme within a masterplan, which is outside of the 'accepted rules of technique'.

"Our challenge is to deliver a solution that coordinates the needs for user comfort, sustainable access and cost effectiveness while keeping input of materials and energy to run the facility as low as possible.

"We are delighted to be working with Alexandre Gaydamak in deep confidence and believe this would be an extraordinary collaboration in an era where the club is going through rapid change. Quality of experience is all important."

David Williams, Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council, said: "I think the plans for the new stadium and arena are very exciting, and the stadium in that location would look stunning.

"I really do hope that satisfactory solutions to accessing the site can be achieved and I look forward to seeing proposals for this.

"The club and their developer partners are aware of concerns about the location and impact of so much shopping, both at Port Solent and Fratton, which could be damaging to the rest of the city - this will need to be assessed. Also, the proposed concentration of all the affordable housing in one location conflicts with current policy.

"However, whilst it will be for the planning committee to determine the application, the City Council will continue to do its utmost to help the club produce a workable and acceptable scheme to achieve a fitting new stadium for the FA Cup holders."

Commodore David Steel, Portsmouth Naval Base Commander, said: "The Royal Navy is delighted to be working with Portsmouth City Council and other authorities to find a solution that will allow the Football Club to build its exciting new stadium.

"I am sure that all Service personnel in Portsmouth recognise that the club deserves a fabulous new home in this unique maritime city of such tremendous potential."

Supporters will be encouraged to use all forms of transport: bus, car, park-and-ride, pedestrian and train services. A comprehensive package of transport measures aimed at providing efficient access to all the facilities on Horsea Island will be introduced.

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Date:Wednesday June 18 2008

Time: 12:18PM

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The reaction of Portsmouth City Council Chief Executive is interesting. Although the decision will be made by politicians his concerns about shopping and low cost housing are worrying. However because the club have quoted him on the OS perhaps they are confident of getting around these 'problems'. I hope so.
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18/06/2008 12:38:00

Half excite, half sceptical. Not sure why we keep finding objections when you all the other clubs building & expanding up & down the country. Let's also hope for a low tide.
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18/06/2008 12:51:00

and just in time for the 2018 world cup
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18/06/2008 13:27:00

Looks like a big, beautiful, dream cake.
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18/06/2008 13:28:00

This looks fantastic but as has been said we have heard it all before. Lets just hope that there are no rare seals/dolphins or fish in local waters. Also lets hope the council can see the benefits that increased attendances and visitors to the city will have in terms of income (think of all the extra parking charges!) that normally helps.
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18/06/2008 14:09:00

Looks fantastic, but until I see it under construction I shall remain as sceptical as ever. Even then the costs will no doubt spiral and it will be completed five years late or something.
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18/06/2008 14:14:00

Diving training facility???????? is someone having a laugh?? Presumably there must a penalty clause in the contract - boom boom.
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18/06/2008 14:30:00

lol yea honestly i'm just as sceptical as every1 else bt with navy backin it should go ahead shouldn't it? suppose we just gt to keep r fingers, toes and anyting else we can crossed cause thts gt 2 b 1 of the nicests lookin stadiums i've ever seen. just imagin it guys when ur drivin into portsmouth 4 watever reason cin tht on the left hand side, there mayb a few more crashes on the motorway i think lol bt no-one tell the council yea =)
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18/06/2008 15:24:00

I'll believe it when I see it.
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18/06/2008 15:33:00

Anybody considered that perhaps this is Gaydamak's very own Krondstat?
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18/06/2008 15:44:00

Assuming (ha ha) this happens one of the things that really excites me is the 10'000 indoor arena. Could this mean finally good music coming to Portsmouth? It would be fantastic for us to finally get some decent bands down here rather than having to travel to London all the time. Should be finished just in time for the release of GNR's Chinese Democracy... (I'm trying to be as obscure as the Krondstat reference)
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18/06/2008 16:14:00

it would be true to say that their music is revolting, so there's the link :)
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18/06/2008 16:30:00

Great obscure reference ChrisW, but would Sacha have been with the sailors
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18/06/2008 17:08:00

looks nice... but so did the last one.
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18/06/2008 17:36:00

yellowcheesemonkey, I think Sacha is an idealist and ethical so in that respect yes - and given the sailors turned against the reds then perhaps a modern Russian capitalist isn't so far removed from their anti communist stance. In saying that, I guess though that the sailors weren't anti communist, just anti Leninist and all he stood for once he had gained power Had they not been isolated and betrayed, I believe they'd had been happy restoring the communist ideal that originally drove them to revolt in the first place. As it was, most perished fleeing across the ice to Finland chased by Lenin's cronies. Compared to this we live in pampered times.
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18/06/2008 18:33:00

Looks great, but how long will this one drag out.
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18/06/2008 18:48:00

Have to say ChrisW, the diving pun was hilarious - seriously imagin the stick we would get, would be funny though. Drogba/Ronaldo etc, popping in for some training before kick off.... Really though, i will only believe it when I sea the rubbish dump turfed over
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18/06/2008 18:57:00

stooh, get down the wedge for your bands, get some gret ones there before they make it big
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18/06/2008 19:28:00

Dave.jolley81, someone must have been having a laugh when they wrote that press release surely? Can't believe I am the only one who picked up on that. But given the new 'facility' I wonder who we might attract during the transfer window.
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18/06/2008 19:44:00

we have all heard it all before, we hope it will happen only to see it ripped away from us... fingers crossed it really will happen this time, as a club we need it - as a city it will benefit portsmouth big time!
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18/06/2008 22:16:00

I hope it goes ahead but why do we have plans for the World Cup games with a 36,000 seat stadium when the minimum requirement is 40,000 for World Cup games. Are we planning extensions before we start.? The reservations I have are the design. Just from the drawings released it appears to be a very open bowl design. It looks flash but it seems to offer very little protection for supporters unless the rain is coming straight down and little help for the players on windy days. I can also imagine with this design that the atmosphere will be lacking as cheers and chants will be dispersed and lost and it will be all too quiet. I have recently been to a game in a new stadium which holds 24,000 supporters. The roof design is a roll top (the best description I can think of) and directs the noise back into the centre of the stadium. It is like having 100,000 supporters cheering and gives a great atmosphere. I wonder if any thought was given to these matters or was an architect employed to design something spectacular with none of these considerations.
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