The Gibraltar Football Association has been granted outline planning permission to build a new stadium by the country’s Development & Planning Commission.

The Gibraltar FA last month submitted a project to construct a new national stadium on the site currently occupied by the Victoria Stadium. The stadium would have a capacity of 8,000.

The GFA has already appointed Ramboll to provide multi-disciplinary engineering services for the project, in association with The Stadium Consultancy.

The Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper reported that, during a meeting with the DPC, representatives from the GFA explained how the stadium would probably become “the most used stadium in the whole of Europe”. More than 150 matches are expected to be held at the stadium over the course of a season.

When announcing the initial plans back in June, the Gibraltar FA said that it hoped to begin construction work on the project in the first quarter of 2019. The stadium would take two years to build and the current Victoria Stadium, which seats 2,300 people, would be unaffected during the construction period.

The Chronicle added that Ramboll said the project will prioritise sustainability, with energy output to be reduced through solar panels, insulation and other environmental elements.

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