Hearts Stadium Edinburgh, Tynecastle Plans, Redevelopment, Proposal, News

Tynecastle : Heart of Midlothian Ground, Gorgie, Edinburgh

Tynecastle Ground – Hearts Stadium, Gorgie, Edinburgh, Scotland

21 Oct 2013

Tynecastle Stadium News

Tynecastle Stadium Grandstand
The Cockburn Association have proposed that the main stand at the Tynecastle Stadium be listed, report the Edinburgh Evening News today. The grandstand was designed by architect Archibald Leitch and built in 1919. This would avoid the building being demolished and the Hearts ground being turned into flats. It would stop the club’s main creditor Ukio Bankas will sell the ground to developers to recoup at least £15m in debt.

14 Dec 2011

Hearts Stadium

Hearts Community Stadium News

The Edinburgh Evening News report that Hearts are to carry out a further study into the plans to move away from Tynecastle, which will include looking in depth at possible sites for a new stadium.

One option to be examined is whether the development could be linked to separate council-backed plans for a major 12,000-capacity concert arena next to Edinburgh Airport.

It has also emerged that Hearts FC are willing to swap the land that Tynecastle already sits on for any potential development site that is owned by the council or private landowners.

That again raises the prospect of council-owned land at Sighthill or Hermiston Gait becoming a possible location for the new Hearts Stadium, while land owned by Sir David Murray in west Edinburgh and the “Edinburgh International” site next to Edinburgh Airport could also be seen as strong possibilities.

It all seems a long time since the stadium proposals by world-famous Italian architect, Massimiliano Fuksas.

Tynecastle News

Hearts Stadium
Hearts Ground
photo © Adrian Welch
“The club is suffocating in its present location but the owner and board remain determined to develop a first-class footballing arena in the city.”

Hearts today admitted that redeveloping Tynecastle was “not a viable option”. The report, jointly commissioned by the club and Edinburgh City Council, recommends that Hearts FC must transfer from their home of 125 years in order to expand. 26 Oct

Tynecastle Ground

Hearts Stand – News Update Jul 2009
Hearts confirm HM Revenue and Customs began a process this week that could force them into administration

Hearts Stadium, Gorgie – photo from 18 Jul 2011:
Hearts Stadium
photo © Adrian Welch

Hearts Stand – News Update Apr 2008
Edinburgh City Council’s Finance and Resources Committee on April 22 will provide an update on the redevelopment of the area as well as outline proposals for the way forward.
The council had previously agreed to sell the land currently occupied by Tynecastle Nursery School, the adjacent Adult Training Centre (ATC) and Tynecastle High School to Heart of Midlothian FC to assist its proposed redevelopment of Tynecastle Stadium.

Hearts Stadium
image from Hearts

The ATC has been vacant since July 2006. Both the nursery and the high school remain in operational use. The high school is due to be replaced as part of the PPP 2 project in 2010. The council has since been in discussions with Hearts over plans to move the nursery to a temporary site on Wheatfield Street, prior to a permanent facility being built on McLeod Street.

Hearts was also asked meet a number targets, which would enable the council to be in a position to apply for planning permission for the temporary facility. The club’s main goals were the submission of a planning application for a new stand by February and the conclusion of a legal agreement with North British Distillery over the relocation of whisky stored on an adjacent site.

Due to ongoing negations, the submission of planning application was delayed until January. That application is currently being processed. A legal agreement between Hearts and North British Distillery is expected within the next few months.

Cllr Gordon Mackenzie, Finance and Resources Convenor said: “The Council is committed to providing quality Early Years provision in the area, and to working with Edinburgh football clubs to help them address their requirements and provide excellent facilities for the community. This planned redevelopment, together with the construction of the new Council facilities, will play a major role in the regeneration of the wider Gorgie/Dalry area.”

Hearts Stadium – New Main Stand
Hearts FC unveil plans for £51m redevelopment of Tynecastle Stadium, increasing capacity by nearly 6,000 to 23,000. The application for a new 10,000-seat Main Stand, plus hotel & leisure facilities due in Oct 2007.

The project includes a gym, club shop & restaurant. If planning permission is granted, Hearts will demolish their 4,500-capacity Main Stand – constructed in 1914 – in summer 2008, with the new stand being open by the end of the 2009/2010 season.

Tynecastle Expansion
Progress as CEC agree purchase of land next to Hearts Stadium. Mar 2007

A new or expanded Hearts stadium has been proposed for a number of years, both at Tynecastle and at Straiton, however in Jan 2007 reports of a proposal to purchase around £6m of land around Tynecastle in order to build a 12,000-seater main stand again surfaced.

Previously a new stadium by Massimiliano Fuksas Architects had been suggested. A planning application is due to be submitted soon. Hearts have stated an intent to build a “top class European stadium”. Stadium Capacity is due to increase from 17,000 to 26,000

Hearts Stadium Expansion – Issues
Proposals to relocate the nursery & adult education centre behind Tynecastle’s main stand approved but land not yet owned by Hearts FC.

Proposals to relocate Tynecastle High School but land not yet owned by Hearts FC. Proposals to relocate North British Distillery whisky storage facilities but land not yet owned by Hearts FC. Proposals to move back the Roseburn and Wheatfield stands so the Tynecastle pitch meets UEFA criteria.

The Scotsman report on 8 Feb 2007 that the proposed Tynecastle land purchase and redevelopment “appears so fanciful as to be beyond achievement” and suggest a total cost of around £40m.

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