Ann Budge, the owner of Scottish Premiership football club Hearts, has said that redevelopment work on the main stand at the team’s Tynecastle stadium is due to begin in November. 

In an interview with BBC Scotland, Budge said that should the club gain approval for the project, the new-look stadium could be open and fully operational within 12 months. The renovated ground will have an increased capacity of more than 20,000 seats.

The club is yet to receive final approval from Edinburgh City Council, whose planning department is due to make a decision on the project next month. 

“We really are almost there…assuming it all goes through in October, I would like to think we would be knocking down some of the old buildings in November,” Budge said.

“I would like to think that we will have the new stand fully operational, and by that I mean have all the seats in place, the toilets working, escalators or whatever else we will be putting in to run a match in place before the end of September next year.

“We will have to get a health and safety certificate for every game that we play. But we know what we have to do. Supporters will be channelled in through fencing into the old stand and use the turnstiles, much as they do at the minute.”