Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Sainsbury's Acquires Morecambe Stadium

Christie Park, the current home of Morecambe Football Club (MFC), has been sold to supermarket company Sainsbury's in a deal that will enable work to begin on the club's new 6,800-capacity stadium at Westgate

MAZE Planning Solutions is a key adviser to the project, working with MFC to advance the new stadium development.

MFC chair, Peter McGuigan, said:
"The new stadium will provide an opportunity for the club to raise fresh revenue streams which would be impossible to achieve at Christie Park and should therefore ensure the financial viability of Morecambe Football Club."

"The sale of Christie Park to Sainsbury's is great news for us and the local community since it allows us to not only build a fantastic future for the club, but also to provide much needed community sport facilities."

Work will start on the new stadium in April 2009, and it is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2010-11 football season. Christie Park will be handed over to Sainsbury's in July 2010.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Big Yes for Big Sheds in Bradford

Proposals for a major employment development in the City of Bradford were crystallised by the grant of planning permission on 19 February. The City Council signed off the 26,000sqm mixed employment scheme with a unanimous 'yes' vote following a 10-month application period.

The scheme makes provision for large-scale warehousing and industrial premises, together with smaller general industrial starter units and office accommodation west of the City at Thornton.

The development includes the provision of a new footway, street lighting, bus stops, public seating and a diverted public footpath.

MAZE Plannning has advised the scheme's promotor since November 2007 and will continue to provide support to enable an early start on site to be made, together with fellow consultants Pickles Architects, Bryan G Hall (transportation) and Morgan Associates (legals).