Release Date: 09/07/2012
FOLLOWING a public procurement process RPS has been appointed by the Irish Football Association to advise on the preparation and submission of the planning application for the proposed redevelopment of the National Football Stadium in Belfast located at Windsor Park.
Led by Raymond Holbeach, RPS will work closely with the Irish Football Association, the appointed Integrated Consultant Team team, Planning NI (formerly Planning Service) and other statutory bodies to ensure a robust planning application is prepared.
Engagement with Planning NI is currently ongoing and will continue until the submission of the planning application. RPS is also advising the Irish FA with regard to community consultation for the project and appreciates the need to seek the views of local people.
Geoff Patterson, the Irish FA Project Sponsor for the development of the National Football Stadium in Belfast said: “We are working to a challenging deadline to deliver the National Football Stadium. The planning application is a fundamental part of this delivery of the National Football Stadium and the appointment of RPS has given the Irish FA the reassurance that with RPS’s strength and depth of experience of significant and related developments in the UK and Ireland it will provide an integral component in the overall delivery of our new administrative headquarters and home football venue.”
Raymond Holbeach, Regional Director - RPS Group, added: “RPS are delighted to work with the Irish Football Association and Hamilton Architects in preparing and submitting a planning application seeking full permission for the redevelopment of Windsor Park to provide an 18,000 seated capacity National Football Stadium.
“We are currently undertaking a community consultation exercise providing the local community and other interest groups with information about the project and inviting them to contribute to the design development process. This consultation will be a two stage process seeking comments in July and August 2012 before any concrete proposals have been developed and a further consultation on draft proposals between August and October 2012. All comments are welcome.”
RPS is a multidisciplinary planning, environmental and engineering firm with offices throughout the UK and Ireland. The Belfast Office is located on Boucher Road and employs over 100 people.
Last week the Irish FA announced that it had appointed Hamilton Architects to lead the Integrated Consultant Team for the National Stadium Project.
The proposed National Football Stadium at Windsor Park is co-funded by the NI Executive through the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure.
Paul Johnson (ARUP); Rebecca Best (RLB); Andy Priest (Edmond Shipway); Ben Veenbrink (Stadium Design Consultancy BV); Mark Haslett (Hamilton Architects); Pat Mullan (Edmond Shipway); Dominic Devine (Hamilton Architects); Raymond Holbeach (RPS) and Geoff Patterson (IFA).
Picture: Matt Mackey / Press Eye
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