Hearts have moved a step closer to the construction of a new main stand at Tynecastle Stadium after submitting a pre-application notice to the City of Edinburgh Council.
On Monday Heart of Midlothian submitted the pre-application for Tynecastle's new main grandstand. With the planned work deemed “Major” by the authorities due to its scale, the capital club must now enter into an eight-week consultation process.
Hearts owner Ann Budge has confirmed that, should planning permission be granted, preparatory work on the land should begin in autumn and the project is estimated to be completed early in the 2017-18 season.
The new stand, which will replace the current 101-year-old structure, will boast around 7,000 seats and raise the capacity of the stadium to more than 20,000.
Hearts carried out their last major expansion of Tynecastle in 1997 and since then tried numerous times to add the lacking fourth the new stand. Instead, one side of the stadium still dates back to 1914. Which, while sentimental and beautiful, is a major impediment in improving matchday revenue and competing with domestic rivals.
Below we present renderings on four attempted designs of the lacking stand, all carried out between 1997 and 2007. The latest one is presented first.