New images have been released of how Plymouth Argyle’s new £5m grandstand will look. Kensington Taylor (KT) is the architecture firm behind the project, working alongside Plymouth’s Architects Design Group (ADG) on James Brent’s ambitious vision at Home Park.
KT will work on the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Mayflower Stand in time for the 2020 Mayflower 400 celebrations.
The stand will have a capacity of 5,000, which will be all-seated, with new bar facilities and a conference centre to be built.
The work is expected to be completed in 2019. KT has a strong association with Devon’s sporting clubs, having worked on creating new stands at Torquay United and Exeter City, as well as designing the £45m regeneration of Sandy Park, home of the Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs.
The existing grandstand will have enlarged conference facilities, as well as new permanent stands on other sides of the ground.
KT, which has been operating for 35 years, is based in Exeter but is considering opening a Plymouth base after appointing Ajay Sharma as director.
Mr Sharma, who lives in Plymouth, was associate director of HLM Architects before the firm closed its Royal William Yard base and ‘consolidated’ in Cardiff in January 2018.
Mr Sharma said: “As part of the major development at Plymouth Argyle we are tasked with development of the grandstand.
‘It will include the banqueting facilities.
‘We are working with ADG and have joint meetings with them. Our niche is doing stadia. We did Torquay United’s stand and Exeter City’s, which is being constructed at the moment.”
At Exeter Chiefs, the stadium will be increased to a capacity of 20,600. The multi-million pound renovation will see the ground become the biggest rugby stadium in the South West and boast the largest conferencing facilities in the region. This will be a 10-year project, completed in various stages and capacity increments.
Argyle chairman James Brent has said the physical work at Home Park will begin within ‘the next few weeks’ and that onlookers could start to see activity at the Higher Home Park in February 2018, including early stage demolition.
When the new grandstand is in place it will increase the capacity of Home Park, for which the club owns the freehold, from 16,400 to 18,600.
The development is key to the future of the club because the banqueting facilities will generate vital income, Mr Brent has said.