Final Planning Approval Confirmed for Casement Park
Ulster GAA yesterday welcomed the news that planning permission for the redevelopment of the new provincial stadium at Casement Park in Belfast has been granted and described the decision as ‘a ‘momentous’ milestone for the Gaels of Antrim, Ulster and Ireland.’
The project will now undergo a two-year build with major construction set to commence in the first half of 2022. The new stadium will include an iconic bowl design with a capacity of 34,578 and a range of mixed-use facilities that have been developed by global award-winning architects Populous, designers of Tottenham Hotspur, Emirates and the Aviva stadia.
Ulster GAA Chief Executive, Brian McEvoy, welcomed the news and is now looking forward to the construction phase.
'With planning permission granted we are now looking forward confidently to the construction phase with a clear pathway for the project’s delivery. The project team is working with the Department for Communities to finalise all remaining aspects of the business case and we will be launching an extensive, far-reaching, and inclusive community engagement programme in the coming weeks to help realise the significant opportunities that the stadium will deliver for the whole community. Ulster GAA is committed to working very hard to be a good neighbour to everyone.'
This project is the last remaining element of the NI Executive’s Department for the Communities Regional Stadia Programme which has seen the completion of the Irish FA and Ulster Rugby’s stadia.