It’s more modest than any previous attempt, but also more likely to end with success. The new east stand is now being consulted and should get planning permission later this year.
As part of the 8-week public consultation period Heart of Midlothian FC have presented two first renderings of long-anticipated east stand. So far there are only these two, but further materials are to be published soon.
Following the consultation detailed planning application will be submitted in the summer. So far supporters know that the nearly-100-year-old east stand will be replaced by a larger structure, raising capacity beyond the 20,000 mark. There will be no obstructed views left, bringing relief after fans have been sitting behind pillars for decades.
The concept by James Clydesdale & Associates leaves no room for extravagancy, unlike many previous attempts, but this makes it perhaps more viable. Though without additional buildings behind it, the new east stand will offer enough space for club offices, corporate hospitality zones, club megastore and new ticket office.
Good news for fans with season tickets in other areas of the stadium: these will be upgraded too. Additional/new toilet and kiosk facilities will be created, while two giant screens will be installed. Bad news: there is no safe standing area planned.
If consultation and planning application procedures go as planned, construction should be launched no later than this November. If that’s the case, delivery is planned early into the 2017/18 season.