Final go ahead for stadium

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FINAL designs for Rotherham United’s new £17.3 million stadium are set to be agreed by a council planning committee today.

Building work has already begun on the former Guest and Chrimes site for the development, which will have room for 12,000 fans.

The target is for the club to move back from its temporary home at Don Valley Stadium in time for the 2012-13 season.

The detailed final blueprints show the stadium constructed from grey brick with contrasting red brickwork on the western stand facing the Centenary Way flyover.

Other loose ends to be approved include plans for access to the site, coach drop-off facilities and car parks.

The stadium also contains private boxes, a club shop and hospitality suites, as well as community areas which will contribute to the life of the neighbourhood.

The site was previously occupied by the Guest and Chrimes tap making company which shut down in 1999, though a listed building which was part of the brassworks will remain.

The northern edge of the stadium will adjoin the town council’s new civic offices, which are now nearing completion.

A series of plaza spaces and concourses will form the centrepiece of the site as a whole, the plans reveal, generating activity in a part of the town which has been quiet in recent years.