Sta­dium bill rises by £1m

Aberdeen FC boosts bud­get for pitches at pro­posed Kings­ford site

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, 2018 BY JON HEBDITCH

Aberdeen FC bosses have con­firmed they are set­ting aside an ex­tra mil­lion pounds to com­plete their train­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the new Kings­ford Sta­dium.

Club chair­man Ste­wart Milne said the bud­get for the pitches and academy had been in­creased from around £10.5 mil­lion to £11.5m with ex­tra in­vest­ment for new pitches de­signed to ri­val those of the English Premier League.

Money has also been set aside for the im­pend­ing le­gal chal­lenge on the de­vel­op­ment – al­though the club did not re­veal how much.

The en­tire cost of the Kings­ford site, which would be built on the city’s out­skirts be­tween Westhill and Kingswells, has been set at £50m.

But the club face a le­gal chal­lenge from the No to Kings­ford (NKS) cam­paign­ers who have high­lighted a num­ber of con­cerns over the de­vel­op­ment’s im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment, lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture and more.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion be­lieves the city coun­cil “failed in its duty” to prop­erly de­ter­mine the ap­pli­ca­tion and launched a ju­di­cial re­view which will be con­sid­ered at the Court of Ses­sion.

A pro­ce­dural hear­ing will be held on De­cem­ber 19 be­fore the sub­stan­tive hear­ing be­tween Jan­uary 29 and Jan­uary 31.

The out­come will not be known for three months af­ter that hear­ing. If the judges rule the chal­lenge to over­turn the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion un­suc­cess­ful, sta­dium con­struc­tion could be­gin im­me­di­ately.

Last night, a club spokes­woman said it is “well on its way to meet­ing fundrais­ing tar­gets” for this com­mu­nity sports cen­tre and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties stage of the £50m plan.

Dons chair­man Ste­wart Milne said the “ex­tra in­vest­ment” would bring the fa­cil­i­ties up to English premier league stan­dards.

He said: “We’re mak­ing fur­ther in­vest­ment to en­sure we de­liver the best pos­si­ble fa­cil­i­ties with the high­est de­sign and tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

“This in­cludes ad­di­tional grass pitches for the com­mu­nity, an up­graded spec for the 3G pitches, com­plete with ir­ri­gation, and com­pa­ra­ble with the new Na­tional Train­ing Cen­tre in Ed­in­burgh, and a hy­brid sur­face with un­der­soil heat­ing on one of the pro­fes­sional pitches, equiv­a­lent to what is be­ing in­stalled by the top clubs in Eng­land.”

“This in­cludes ad­di­tional grass pitches for the com­mu­nity”

A NEW DON: An im­pres­sion of Aberdeen’s new sta­dium at Kings­ford, which is still fac­ing a le­gal chal­lenge

Chair­man Ste­wart Milne

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