Harrogate Town Football Club Redevelopment
Harrogate Town Football Club
Semi-professional Harrogate Town AFC needs to significantly redevelop its Wetherby Road ground by adding new facilities and almost doubling capacity to support the club’s aim of securing promotion to the Football League.
Bowman Riley’s design includes upgrading its player and spectator facilities in four phases to aid the club’s continued success and growth. Their facilities and capacity needed to increase from 2,800 to over 5,000 to meet the ground criteria of higher football leagues. Proposals included a new two-storey clubhouse, seated terraces, an office building, classrooms to be used as community facilities and a new, improved floodlighting solution.
The first phase comprised a new two-storey clubhouse offering modern changing facilities at pitch level in a striking new building. The first floor provides a hospitality space with external elevated terrace seating for 128 spectators overlooking the pitch. The location of the new clubhouse allowed construction while maintaining use of the existing facilities.
The second phase provides a new face for the club to strengthen its existing presence. We replaced the existing entrance structure to include improved turnstile access, ground floor ticket area and staff offices.
Following demolition of the former hospitality area, a new terrace will be introduced in 2020 to increase seating capacity under cover of a projected roof. The final phase in 2021 – 2023 will ensure that the stadium is eligible for entry into the English Football League. This sees the construction of a new terrace to bring capacity of the stadium to 5000.