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Offline brian green

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #75 on: March 04, 2021, 04:17:12 PM »
In my own work I am finding that car parking provision is no longer the deal maker or breaker with planners.  It is not uncommon that some densely urban areas (like Aston) prefer developments with no parking so that public transport is prioritized.  I would like to see social housing, particularly for single men and women incorporated in the redevelopment of the North Stand.  A redeveloped Witton Lane stand should span the road and convert the low grade public open space into covered leisure and recreation space along the lines of Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation.

The power of historic stadiums to act as urban forces for community integration and harmony should never be underestimated.

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #76 on: March 04, 2021, 04:20:53 PM »
A big car park at that end would just make the surrounding road chaos even worse I reckon.

Offline brian green

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #77 on: March 04, 2021, 04:56:38 PM »
Is the correct answer.

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #78 on: March 04, 2021, 05:03:15 PM »
Who parks around Villa Park anyway these days?

Offline Border villan

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #79 on: March 04, 2021, 05:10:08 PM »
Who parks around Villa Park anyway these days?

All of us who have to use a car to get to Villa Park and home again, at a guess.

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #80 on: March 04, 2021, 05:21:19 PM »
I drive from the North West and I park nowhere near Villa Park.

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #81 on: March 04, 2021, 05:37:00 PM »

They didn't go to prison but there were a couple of fraud convictions. There was nothing wrong with the stand, it was the best in the country at the time, it just cost more than it should have done.

Somebody added photos of all the Midlands clubs' grounds to the "Old Pics of Brum Facebook group, showing the grounds now and then. Here's the old one of Villa Park, with the North Stand looking quite new and impressive compared to the older stands.



The Holte End looks amazing here. Wish they could of kept it and built all the facilities for it behind it.

Offline glinch

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #82 on: March 04, 2021, 05:47:05 PM »
Whats the building behind the Holte End? I dont remember that

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #83 on: March 04, 2021, 06:11:47 PM »

They didn't go to prison but there were a couple of fraud convictions. There was nothing wrong with the stand, it was the best in the country at the time, it just cost more than it should have done.

Somebody added photos of all the Midlands clubs' grounds to the "Old Pics of Brum Facebook group, showing the grounds now and then. Here's the old one of Villa Park, with the North Stand looking quite new and impressive compared to the older stands.



The Holte End looks amazing here. Wish they could of kept it and built all the facilities for it behind it.

That would almost certainly have ended up costing a lot more than what we did. Of the 3 stands we rebuilt under Ellis the Holte is the last 1 I'd complain about, TR was decent but could easily have been spectacular and the new Witton Lane being named after him is a far more apt tribute to him than I think anyone intended. That there's a genuine argument to be made to replace that before the North Stand shows exactly the lack of foresight that saw us completely fail to capitalise on where we were in the first 5-10 years of the premier league when other clubs were printing money and setting themselves up as the global elite.

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #84 on: March 04, 2021, 06:33:10 PM »
Who parks around Villa Park anyway these days?

Conference and banqueting facilities in Aston need a car park. There’s little point in having them otherwise.

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #85 on: March 04, 2021, 06:38:27 PM »
There's still plenty of room for that sort of limited parking even with a much bigger North Stand footprint. The Holte car park is pretty big as well.

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #86 on: March 04, 2021, 06:47:27 PM »
Whats the building behind the Holte End? I dont remember that

No nor me and I must have passed it loads of times, was it a bingo hall?

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #87 on: March 04, 2021, 06:47:51 PM »
I've always thought our expansion model would be along the lines of Borussia Dortmund's. Four distinct stands still, but with corners filled in to amplify the atmosphere.

Expand the Holte out over Trinity Road. Mirror the Holte at the North Stand end. Do as much as we can to take the Witton back over the road.




I used to favour the wrap around/bowl approach but so many of those stadiums end up soulless (although I do think St James Park is impressive).  I like this one because it retains the 4 separate stands but keeps the corners closed.  It's similar though a lot less symmetrical at Anfield (spit) with 4 distinct stands but joined corner to corner with no gaps -  I think that helps create some of the intensity of the atmosphere at those two stadiums.

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #88 on: March 04, 2021, 06:54:51 PM »
Signal Iduna Park is a superb football venue. I would love Villa Park to replicate that with any new exterior design paying respect to our history.

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Re: Villa Park Redevelopment
« Reply #89 on: March 04, 2021, 06:57:38 PM »
Whats the building behind the Holte End? I dont remember that

No nor me and I must have passed it loads of times, was it a bingo hall?
I'm sure it was a MECCA bingo.

 


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