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Pompey's Horsea Island stadium masterplan

Pompey have this evening revealed further plans, or the 'evolution of the masterplan' as it was put, to deliver the new stadium that we are so in need of and so desperately need in order to carry on our growth.

This new stadium, which has been a 'dream' for so many years - and after years and years of this belief that it will actually happen becomes harder - but as said we really need this, as without it would seem almost impossible for our growth to continue, as we need to generate funds - and a new stadium, and the perks and spin offs that go with would do this.

Rather than true ramble on to try and explain to you what it is all about this is what the Pompey Site said - below - and then we can discuss what we make of it after...




Portsmouth Football Club (PFC) and Sellar Property Group today announce further evolution of the Masterplan to deliver a stunning Waterfront Stadium and Arena on Horsea Island.

Following a series of discussions with the principal politicians and leading members of the City Council's Executive, PFC and Sellar have identified a two-stage approach as the appropriate way forward to deliver the stadium in the current economic climate.

A former refuse tip will be transformed into a real destination and new home for Portsmouth Football Club.

The landmark stadium will be accompanied by a fashionable mixed-use development. The Masterplan enhances the environmental qualities of this part of Portsmouth while regenerating the area with new life and utilities.

PFC and Sellar Property Group identified this remarkable location on Horsea Island's waterfront as the most suitable site for a new stadium for the club that will act as a catalyst to a wider transformation of the gateway to the city of Portsmouth.

Given the prominent location of the site, which is adjacent to both local and national motorway junctions off the M27 and M275, and the multi-purpose nature of the project, PFC and Sellar Property Group decided upon a two-stage approach to this urban regeneration project.

This followed a series of discussions with the principal politicians and leading members of the City Council's Executive and will ensure on-time completion in the current economic climate.

The first stage of this process will involve the submission of separate planning applications for the Retail and Housing components at Fratton.

The funds generated by this initial stage will then finance the Horsea Island Masterplan, which will contain the new stadium and all-purpose arena.

The dramatic form of the stadium will create a world-class architectural landscape at the gateway to the city of Portsmouth and create a new identity for both the city of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Football Club.

The new stadium sits on the waterfront and acts as the focus for a new destination where people can meet, shop, eat and be entertained, all while enjoying dramatic views of the city.

This exciting intervention will also develop a dramatic new access to an area of the city which has historically been isolated and, in accordance with the naval tradition of Portsmouth, will provide the Royal Navy with a new Diving Centre.

A sustainable approach to energy consumption for the whole Horsea Island scheme will ensure that the scheme generates the lowest possible carbon emissions.

Portsmouth Football Club has already engaged consultancy services from ecologists to ensure the project is delivered following the necessary environmental targets.

Since the new stadium site at Horsea Island was first unveiled in the summer of 2008, there has been much speculation on the scope of the final development. Given the importance of the project, Portsmouth FC and Sellar Property Group want to restate their commitment to deliver not just a new stadium to the Pompey fans, but a new landmark that will enhance Portsmouth's growing reputation as an outstanding tourist destination.

Although still evolving, the Masterplan proposal includes the following identifiable components:

Herzog and de Meuron-designed stadium with 35,000-plus all-seater capacity including a 3,000-spectator family enclosure, hospitality suites, catering, club offices and shop etc.
Multi-purpose Arena: 100,000 sq ft (c. 9,300 sq m)
Four-star hotel: 40,000 sq ft (c. 3,700 sq m)
Replacement Royal Navy Diving Centre
Medical centre
Dental surgery
Sports rehabilitation clinic
Casino: 25,000 sq ft (c. 2,320 sq m)
Budget Hotel: 30,000 sq ft (c. 2,800 sq m)
Offices: 30,000 sq ft (c. 2,800 sq m)
Restaurant and catering: 25,000 sq ft (c. 2,320 sq m)
Residential: approximately 1,000 units
Retail: 320,000 sq ft (c. 30,000 sq m) plus car parking
New access to M275 and improved public transport infrastructure and pedestrian access with the potential for a new bridge link to Tipner
Approximately 3,000 car parking spaces for the stadium and retail and the potential for park & ride with 1800 spaces and approximately 100 coach parking spaces

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 25 2008

Time: 6:18PM

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This sounds great news although in the current economic climate the sale of 1,000 residential units would be difficult and the retail hard to fill too. But it is a plan and prove the club is still trying to move in the right direction. They promised an announcement this month and have delivered.
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25/11/2008 19:08:00

it's a plan, and youv'e got to start somewhere... they present it pretty well too!
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25/11/2008 20:09:00

with your owner seemingly willing to sell his shares cheap what are the chances, in this era of the credit crunch, of this actually happening?
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25/11/2008 20:17:00

Merlin, to answer your question honestly, not a prayer!!
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25/11/2008 20:18:00

it gets worse how we gonna sell fratton for houseing to 'finance' the project just don't see it not atm
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25/11/2008 20:24:00

but enough being pessimistic lets concentrate when it happens ay couldn't have chosen a better architect ferm than Herzog and de Meuron in my opinion love there work its fantastic and the whole plan seems amazing i think is 3000 parking spaces enough
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25/11/2008 20:30:00

Its such a nice looking building, hopefully it will be rust resistent! You all drive such little cars in the Uk, im sure you can all fit in
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26/11/2008 00:07:00

This is great news and we have to be confident that it's gonna to happen. As carpet said 'It's a plan' and we no doubt plans will change but it's a start... I think we should view it very positively
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26/11/2008 07:44:00

It's a start, what we have to do is avoid the situations of other clubs who chase a new stadium examples, Leicester, Derby and of course our friends down the road. We all know what happened to these teams following their move to a new stadium!
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26/11/2008 09:22:00

Great plans, and some good news put forward by the club to quash all the bad press.
I am sure the stadium will look fantastic, but seeing that it is that close to the sea, can we have a shallow end and deep end on either side of the stadium?
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26/11/2008 09:37:00

Don't Want to be a wet blanket but... Phase1 -selling Fratton Park before phase 2-building new ground?? Sounds liek what happened to Brighton
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26/11/2008 10:53:00

At least everyone is doing everything they possibly can to try to make this happen. I don't think they're planning on closing FP till the new ground is built are they? But they are going to put a big shop in the car park, instead of some of the housing, because of the economic situation with housing. Personally I think that by the time this actually happens, and houses are built - we're looking what, 2011, 2012, surely the housing market will have recovered by then? Shallow end and Deep end is a great idea, Sneakay, we should get some other ideas as well!
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26/11/2008 12:58:00

I think the word 'masterplan' needs looking at. Like most of us, we'll believe it when the builders start. Until then...
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26/11/2008 13:32:00

I think I am right when I say that the likes of Persimonn and Wimpey et al stockpile land until they need it. As long as someone commits, No money need pass hands until the deals are ready to be done. I'd say the circumstances augur well, given the current climate, for Portsmouth to do a deal. Price is another story of course. But then, if we are selling cheap, we are buying cheap. It's all swings and roundabouts. There's a lot of money to be made out of property in a recession, its not all doom and gloom.
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26/11/2008 14:16:00

Actually, if you think about it - wot a deal for a builder? Prime residential land to be secured at today's prices, not parting with any money (except maybe a deposit) and to start building not before 2012. Meaning, the houses will be start to be marketed in 2014, in what will then be a rising market. Wonder if I could be earning a bit of commission here?
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26/11/2008 14:24:00

The above two posts refer to us having to dispose of Fratton Park before committing to the new Stadium, and not he building of the new stadium.
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26/11/2008 19:07:00

let's get p;anning permission - THEN worry about finacing it. The "phase 1" of getting planning permision for the development of fratton park is the sensible way of doing things. if we get planning permsision for the stadium, and not the redevelopment, we are screwed anyway. at least once we have permission to re dvelop fratton park, we can work on the new stadium area - which to be perfectly honest, I can't see many people complaining about turning a rubish tip into what they suggest...
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26/11/2008 19:41:00


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