English Championship football club Birmingham City has announced that it hopes to return St. Andrew’s Stadium to full working order in time for the start of the 2023-24 season, stating that repair work will resume during the break for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Sections of St. Andrew’s have been closed for more than a year, with City being forced to shutter the lower sections of the Kop and Tilton Road End stands due to structural issues. This has resulted in a significant reduction in stadium capacity, but the club has now confirmed that repairs to the lower Kop and Tilton stands will restart during the World Cup break in November and December.
This phase of work will involve the removal of all pre-cast concrete units from both the Lower Tilton and Lower Kop stands to expose the areas underneath. Once these units have been removed, the exposed areas will be covered, secured, and made safe to operate, in time for City’s first fixture back after the World Cup on December 17.
City said it is then the club’s aim to resume and complete the remaining repairs immediately after the final home fixture of the season, during the summer break of 2023. The club has appointed Mace to provide project management, cost management and employers agent services.
AFL Architects will work in collaboration with the club on the design aspect of the remedial works, whilst Ramboll will act as structural and geotechnical engineers. The main body of work will be undertaken by Buckingham Group.