Construction for Aberdeen’s £50mn stadium to commence in June

By Sophie Chapman
Aberdeen FC has announced that construction for its new stadium is scheduled to begin in June. The stadium and training facilities, located in Kingsfor...

Aberdeen FC has announced that construction for its new stadium is scheduled to begin in June.

The stadium and training facilities, located in Kingsford, are anticipated to cost £50mn (US$70.24mn) and create 150 jobs.

The site was previously to be built in Loirston, but the plans were dropped.

The stadium will have a capacity of 20,000 seats and will be accompanied by a football academy with outdoor pitches and a pavilion covering 24.5 hectares.

The £10mn ($14.05mn) football academy will be the first phase of the project – which will be built before the team move to the new stadium.

Plans for the stadium were put on hold in October 2017, and later approved in January 2018.

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“These contract awards signal the beginning of a new era,” commented Raymond Edgar, Project Director.

“After 18 years in the planning, we are finally able to start work on our vision for the club, the community and the wider region.”

“Some of the significant economic benefits promised will be realised immediately through these contracts, which will be awarded to local companies, wherever possible.”

“The north-east boasts a strong construction supply chain with the necessary skills, expertise and track record for these works and it’s our intention to source local first.”

“Where the expertise required is not offered locally, we will seek to find contractors from Scotland and then the rest of the UK.”

“It may be, for example, that the principal contractor is a national firm but they will adopt the subcontractors appointed by the club.”

The current stadium used by Aberdeen FC, Pittodrie Stadium, is intended to be sold for housing development.

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