Latest Aston Villa news from Birmingham Live as Andy Street delivers update on Aston Villa’s proposed redevelopment of Villa Park
Midlands mayor, Andy Street, has confirmed plans to speed up the £100 million expansion of Villa Park have been approved.
Next summer, Aston Villa will finally begin to increase Villa Park’s capacity from 42,000 to beyond 50,000 by May 2026. Villa will start demolition work on the North Stand after the big Foo Fighters gig next summer (June 27, 2024).
Street wrote on X: “Good to see plans for the expansion of Villa Park are progressing, a truly transformational vision for the wider Witton area. Plans to speed up the £100m expansion have been approved. Earlier this month I commissioned a study into Witton Station – it’s all coming together.”
Planning approval to build a new, multi-purpose venue just at the rear of the North Stand was granted by Birmingham City Council in December 2022, but earlier this year, the club revealed plans to make a modest number of changes to their initial proposals. The ‘Villa Live’ building was designed to house a new retail space, including the club shop, food and drink courts, room to recognise the club’s history and an outdoor space including new seating with a bar area.
However, following Christian Purslow’s departure as CEO at the end of last season, Villa’s newly-appointed business operations president, Chris Heck, announced that the ‘Villa Live’ concept would be put on hold and, instead, improvements would be made to the Academy building – formerly Stumps – along Witton Lane.
The building, which was set to be bulldozed under previous plans, will be reborn into an all-new fan zone that will be called The Warehouse . It will feature a bar, a big screen, a food courtyard and a multi-use event floor. A microbrewery will also be installed in this two-floor facility, while it’ll also host community events such as recruitment fairs and will be available for the use of school children. The building will also be capable of hosting indoor football tournaments.
The current Villa store and ticket office will also be bulldozed, as will the security gatehouse and outdoor broadcasting compound where the TV trucks park up. Villa also plan to demolish two structural bays of the current Academy building ahead of bringing The Warehouse to life.
Club owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are fully committed to delivering a plan which will establish Villa Park as a world-class sporting and entertainment destination in the coming years.