The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Tom Black­ett

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley be­lieve their am­bi­tious multi-mil­lion pound re­de­vel­op­ment of the Wham Sta­dium is go­ing to be a smash hit.

Owner Andy Holt has been in talks with Hyn­d­burn Coun­cil since he took over the League Two club in Oc­to­ber last year about se­cur­ing a new lease on the ground.

Terms have been agreed on a 50-year lease and now plans are in to be­gin the first phase of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment which is a new 1,500 ca­pac­ity all-seater stand down the Whin­ney Hill side of the ground.

The new stand, de­signed by the Frank Whit­tle Part­ner­ship (FWP), will have mod­ern spec­ta­tor fa­cil­i­ties in the con­course and the po­ten­tial to be split to ac­com­mo­date home and away sup­port­ers.

The sin­gle-tier stand is also fu­ture-proofed with the pos­si­bil­ity of adding cor­po­rate en­ter­tain­ment boxes and fa­cil­i­ties built into its de­sign.

The present sta­dium has a ca­pac­ity of just over 5,000 and that fig­ure is planned to re­main the same un­der the re­de­vel­op­ment plan.

Holt said: “We have been work­ing to­gether with the coun­cil and lo­cal com­mu­nity and look­ing at a sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment that will im­prove the en­tire area.

“We will cre­ate com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties that should make the whole area some­thing the peo­ple of Ac­cring­ton can be proud of.

“It will be also a ma­jor boost for foot­ball fans com­ing to the Wham Sta­dium and im­prove their match-day ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Neil Ainsworth, a part­ner at FWP, is lead­ing the de­sign team on the pro­ject.

He said:“We are all ex­cited by the po­ten­tial to cre­ate a mod­ern, vi­brant new home for one of the most in­stantly recog­nised names in the foot­balling world.

“Hav­ing de­signed and built around 60 new sta­di­ums and fa­cil­i­ties for clubs up and down the leagues and the coun­try, we know what works best for each club and how to make the new ground a real as­set to the club, its fans and the town.”

OWNER: Andy Holt

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