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Revised Casement Stadium project unveiled for Belfast

Words: Roger Milne
Casement Park / Robin Kirk

Fresh proposals for a controversial stadium at Casement Park, west Belfast, have been unveiled by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

The new stadium has a proposed capacity of 34,500 – down by 3,500 on original plans.

The GAA said it was aiming to work within the original budget of £76 million and the stadium should open by 2019, in time for the following year’s Ulster finals.

The new scheme, designed by award-winning architect’s Populous, plans to transform the existing facility with an iconic new stadium bowl.

The mixed-use facility proposes a range of community facilities.

The proposal also sets out plans for sustainable travel options with dedicated traffic and travel operations, including supporter coach travel and an off-site park-and-ride facility.

Planning permission for the previous proposals was quashed following a legal challenge by local residents.

Image credit | Robin Kirk