Design & Development

Manchester City ‘in talks’ with construction firm over Etihad Stadium expansion

Featured image credit: Manchester City

Featured image credit: Manchester City

Premier League football club Manchester City is reportedly in talks with construction and engineering company John Sisk & Son to deliver its planned expansion of the Etihad Stadium.

City is planning on increasing the capacity of the Etihad Stadium from 53,400 to over 60,000 by adding a larger, single upper tier in the North Stand. The club is also planning a 3,000-capacity City Square fan zone.

A planning application was submitted to Manchester City Council back in April, with City stating at the time that the proposals represent over £300m (€350m/$382m) of investment into East Manchester. If planning permission is granted, the construction is set to take three years to complete.

According to the Construction News website, City is in talks with John Sisk & Son to deliver the project after Laing O’Rourke walked away from discussions last month. Laing O’Rourke delivered the expansion of the Etihad Stadium’s South Stand and is currently building a new 52,000-capacity stadium for fellow Premier League club Everton.

Construction News has reported that Sisk is currently working on “preliminary groundworks” relating to the Etihad Stadium expansion and is in advanced talks to oversee the entire project. An announcement is set to be made later this year, with City hoping to break ground in November.

When submitting its planning application in April, City also released the first CGI renderings of the Etihad Stadium expansion. Concept designs were unveiled in February after City announced in December last year that it was undertaking feasibility studies to expand the stadium.

The City Square fan zone will be integrated into the North Stand, which will also house a new club shop, museum, food and drinks outlets, and a 400-bed hotel. When viewed from Joe Mercer Way, the hotel and food and drinks outlets will be situated on the left side of the development, with all other facilities contained within the right flank. LED screens measuring around four stories high will also feature at the end of each flank.

City has played at the Etihad Stadium since 2003, with the facility having been built initially for Manchester’s staging of the 2002 Commonwealth Games. In April next year, the 23,500-capacity Co-op Live arena will open near the stadium.