Multi million pound redevelopment of Romford Greyhound Stadium
PUBLISHED: 17:20 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:48 09 March 2018
Plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Romford Greyhound Stadium have been announced today (Friday, March 9).
Ladbrokes Coral Group said that work is scheduled to begin in May, with work aiming to be completed for Christmas and New Year racing.
The stadium was closed in November over concerns about emergency lighting, and it was confirmed that there was asbestos in the building.
The major investment involves renovation works that will ultimately bring a new look stadium to Romford by the end of 2018.
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.
The Main Stand will be demolished and converted into space for 130 cars, plus wheelchair parking.
There will also be further demolition of the tote building and scoreboards.
Included in the redevelopment will also be new facilities for hosting parties and corporate events.
Ladbrokes Coral Group stadia director, Ian Smyth, said: “This investment and redevelopment plan demonstrates our commitment to greyhound racing and the future of our Romford track, and gives us the opportunity to host the premier venue for greyhound racing in London, which we believe is a fantastic boost for the sport given track closures in the area in recent years.
“These development plans will ensure that we maintain high standards of health & safety at all times, and the renovation work this year will deliver a long-term sustainable solution and much improved facilities.
“While projects of this scale naturally bring some disruption, all works will be planned around racing and trials to minimise impact on the business and inconvenience to our customers, colleagues and stakeholders.
“Looking at the commercial needs for the business and the track, the best option is to demolish the Main Stand.
“We know the footfall and capacity needs of Romford, and the new stand (where the current Millennium Stand is) will best meet these needs.
“It will also give us an opportunity to redevelop the space as a car park, which will provide improved parking for our customers, enable us to offer better disabled access, and mean less impact in terms of noise etc. for residents in the surrounding area.”
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