Aecom has assisted Football Club United of Manchester (also known as FC United) in securing full planning permission from Manchester City Council for a new 5,000 capacity stadium for the team.
The new complex will be at Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath in the north-east of the city. The masterplan proposals for this £3.5M project will incorporate a range of community facilities, including an upgrade to the existing sports hall, new five-a-side artificial football pitches and a clubhouse.
Aecom was initially commissioned to prepare a transport assessment, travel plan and ongoing highways advice to support the planning application. The masterplan was prepared in partnership with architect Taylor Young, with planning consultant Ludlam Associates acting as planning consultants.
FC United general manger Andy Walsh said: “We are delighted with the news that the planning permission has been granted and impressed with the way our supporting team worked in partnership to secure this decision.”
FC United was formed in 2005, following the takeover of Manchester United Football Club by Malcolm Glazer. FC United has since been sharing Bury Football Club’s premises at Gigg Lane, but the approval by Manchester City Council’s planning committee will enable the club to press ahead with its own purpose-built stadium.