Design & Development

Updated plans unveiled for Villa Park expansion

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Premier League football club Aston Villa has unveiled updated plans to redevelop the North Stand at Villa Park, with a series of amendments submitted as part of a revised planning application to Birmingham City Council.

The amendments include minor changes to the North Stand itself, along with new plans for the club’s existing academy building. Villa is also continuing to explore “exciting and dynamic” concepts across the stadium site, in addition to other functional buildings and spaces on the footprint of Villa Park.

The redevelopment will increase the capacity of Villa Park to over 50,000, with the club hoping to transform the stadium into a “world-class” entertainment venue capable of hosting international sports tournaments and other events.

In December, Villa was granted permission by Birmingham City Council for the first phase of its redevelopment and expansion of Villa Park. The stadium is one of 14 venues included in the UK and Ireland’s bid to host UEFA Euro 2028.

The outcome of Villa’s revised and new application is expected during the autumn. A key part of the plan involves the implementation of a modern, integrated transport strategy to improve how fans and visitors arrive and depart the stadium.

The club is working closely with the West Midlands Combined Authority, West Midlands Authority, West Midlands Rail Executive and Birmingham City Council to finalise a plan for the station.

As well as a brand-new North Stand, Villa is planning enhancements to the existing Trinity Stand and the creation of Villa Live, a new 6,500-square-metre multi-purpose commercial destination to replace the existing shop, building and security lodge.

The first phase of the development, anticipated for completion by 2025, will see approximately 7,400 seats added to the stadium’s current capacity of 42,785.

From 2025 onwards, Villa will identify further refurbishment works and capacity uplifts to Villa Park’s other two stands, while also focusing on how the club can be a “catalyst for regeneration and transformation” in the local community.