Search

First look at what £10m Romford Stadium redevelopment will look like

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 July 2018

An artist's impression of what the new Millenium Stand will look like at Romford Stadium, Photo:  Ralgreen Chartered Architects

An artist's impression of what the new Millenium Stand will look like at Romford Stadium, Photo: Ralgreen Chartered Architects

Ralgreen Chartered Architects

The Recorder has been given an exclusive first look at plans for the multi-million pound redevelopment of Romford Stadium.

What the new bar and restaurant could look like in the Millenium Stand at Romford Stadium once the multi-million pound redevelopment is complete. Photo: Ralgreen Chartered ArchitectsWhat the new bar and restaurant could look like in the Millenium Stand at Romford Stadium once the multi-million pound redevelopment is complete. Photo: Ralgreen Chartered Architects

Back in March, Ladbrokes Coral Group said it would be giving the stadium a complete refurbishment.

Stadia director Ian Smyth has said that this is going to cost around £10m and that work is expected to be completed by February/March next year.

Works will include a complete renovation of the Millennium Stand, a new restaurant, the demolition of the Main Stand to create over 100 car parking spaces and a modernisation of the reception area and office building.

The steward’s box will also be relocated to be situated in the refurbished stand roof, and the finishing line will be re-positioned in front of the refurbished Millennium Stand.

Stadium Director Ian Smyth.Stadium Director Ian Smyth.

The Main Stand will be demolished and converted into space for 130 cars, plus wheelchair parking.

Demolition work will begin next week (Monday, July 23) once a large marquee has been put up to allow spectators to still watch races while work is taking place.

The old tote building has already been demolished, and the refurbishment of the Millennium Stand will be the next step.

In the new look stand on the ground level there will be kennels and a vet for the dogs, along with a bar, fast food facilities, and a tote betting store for customers, along with toilets and an area for staff.

Romford Greyhound Stadium is about to undergo some major improvements.Romford Greyhound Stadium is about to undergo some major improvements.

On the first floor there will be a new kitchen and restaurant, more indoor seating and another bar.

Another major improvement will be the relaying of the track, which will require 11,000 tonnes of sand being brought in.

In order to raise additional funds for the redevelopment Ladbrokes Coral Group is hoping to sell the car park in London Road.

A few weeks ago the stadium held a meeting with residents who live near by and local councillors, and although a few people raised concerns about late night noise from fans leaving the stadium, Ian said that most of the feedback was positive.

Romford Greyhound Stadium is about to undergo some major improvements.Romford Greyhound Stadium is about to undergo some major improvements.

He said that fans had suggested that more family friendly events should take place, and that it was something he was on board with.

A planning application has now been submitted to Havering Council for the redevelopment of the Millennium Stand, however permission is not needed to knock down the Main Stand or to put up the marquee, as it is only temporary.

At the moment the ground capacity has been kept at 250 people, but Ian is hoping to bring back crowds of up to 1,500 when work is finished.

He told the Recorder: “I want this to be the premiere greyhound racing stadium in the country.

“Once the marquee is up next week that is the first big step.

“People will then start to see what we are doing and start to believe that it is actually happening.

“That’s when it will become real.

“It’s going to be a really exciting time for everyone involved.

“It shows the ambition we have for Romford as a business.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for us all - we really want to start with a bang next year.
“We want to attract people that maybe haven’t been down to the stadium before, and want them to have the wow factor when they walk in and I think that’s what the new stadium is going to give them.”

He is also hoping that the new stadium will mean more media coverage for Romford, and that it will feature more regularly on Racing Post Greyhound TV and Sky Sports.

Ian who has been stadia director for three months added: “The stadium here is an important part of Romford’s history and we are hoping that it can become an even more important part once the redevelopment is finished.

“Some people might say that Greyhound racing isn’t thriving but I hope that this huge investment shows the commitment we have to the sport here and we are hoping that Romford really flourishes.”

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:20

McDonalds Romford has donated £4,000 to the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch for improvements including a new rehearsal studio, bar and for new equipment.

Yesterday, 15:01

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum it’s almost panto time at the Queen’s Theatre!

Yesterday, 13:47

A 36-year-old man has been jailed for two years for pretending to be a girl and inciting a boy into sexual activity.

Yesterday, 13:02

A car overturned last night when the driver crashed with a parked van.

Yesterday, 12:59

Havering Council rewarded its dinner ladies who have been cooking school meals for nearly 400 years between them and have served up more than 23 million meals to schoolchildren.

Yesterday, 10:35

Scouts from across the borough were recognised last week for all of their hard work and presented with the prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards.

Wed, 17:00

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas expressed concerns that an energy park in Bexley will lead to “toxic fumes” billowing across the Thames to the Rainham and Beam Park development area.

PROMOTED CONTENT

From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Competitions

A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now