Developer of Southend United new stadium to be chosen

Basildon Recorder: Developer of Southend United new stadium to be chosen Developer of Southend United new stadium to be chosen

BUILDING work on a new 22,000-seater Southend United stadium is expected to start in May with a developer appointed within two weeks, it has been revealed.

Blues chairman Ron Martin says he and supermarket giant Sainsbury’s have whittled a shortlist of four developers down to two, with a decision imminent on whowill build the long-awaited replacement for Roots Hall, plus a new retail park.

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In an hour-long interview with the Echo, Mr Martin said he would receive final bids from both companies this week.

He said: “We will then announce the successful developer or developers.

“Both have been asked to cost development of the new stadium, the supermarket and the replacement of St Mary’s Court.

“It could be one of them does all the building or we use a combination of the two companies.

The club board and Sainsbury’s will make the decision before we announce it in the next fortnight.

“We have been through three stages of tender.”

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He said building the stadium and new homes would take a year, before work on the supermarket begins.

The new stadium has been in the pipeline since the late Nineties and Blues fans aren’t getting their hopes up until they see bulldozers on the Fossetts Farm site.

Ken Jarvis, who runs www.

shrimperzone.com, a fans’ forum, said: “We have heard the start date so many times before, and would all truly love to see the diggers turn up on the day.

“That is what 90 per cent of the fans want, but I don’t think we will really believe it until we see them arrive with Ron and his beautifully coiffeured hair with a hard hat on. It is more promising that we are now hearing about a developer being selected, because that is something we have not had until now.”

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The club is in partnership with Sainsbury’s, who will build a new store on the Roots Hall site, the purchase of which will part fund the development.

Mr Martin said funding was in place for the first phase of the project, which includes building three sides of the stadium, retail park access, the supermarket and replacement homes for council flats at St Mary’s Court.

These face demolition to make way for the Sainsbury’s store at Roots Hall.

There are still a series of legal agreements to be signed between Sainsbury’s, the club, and Southend Council, including over a £3.5million contribution to the authority to boost town centre shops, to offset the expected impact of the new retail park.

Mr Martin added: “These will all be signed on the same day.

We are in a position to do it, but it will not happen before the developer is selected.

“We cannot afford to delay beyond May. If we do there will be inflation back in the construction market.”

He said the development should wipe the club’s debt and long-term financial problems, but bank borrowing may be needed for phase two, including the fourth stand.

A council spokesman said: “The planning agreement is now in an agreed form and all signatories are anticipating it will be completed very shortly.

Certainly, the council is in a position to complete.

“The developer is currently negotiating with prospective occupiers of the retail park which forms part of the development.

The timing of the sale of the council’s freehold interest is linked to the implementation of the developments of both the Fossetts Farm and Roots Hall sites.”

It is understood a deal for the club and Sainsbury’s to buy the nearby Prospects College site is also nearing completion.

This is needed to allow access to the new supermarket.

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1:25pm Thu 27 Feb 14

JoeBlogs2 says...

Hope its got 4 sides and not another oxford utd .. honest awful cold, windy and no atmosphere at all there..
Hope its got 4 sides and not another oxford utd .. honest awful cold, windy and no atmosphere at all there.. JoeBlogs2

3:14pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Leighdweller says...

Great news, although I won't truly believe we're in until the kick off of the first match there.
Great news, although I won't truly believe we're in until the kick off of the first match there. Leighdweller

3:24pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Southend Andy says...

I'll believe it when I see it, heard it way too many times.
I'll believe it when I see it, heard it way too many times. Southend Andy

3:39pm Thu 27 Feb 14

whateverhappened says...

15000 EMPTY SEATS?
15000 EMPTY SEATS? whateverhappened

3:40pm Thu 27 Feb 14

BarryTanner says...

Slightly early in the year for Ron's "building to begin soon" notice, it usually coincides with the early-bird season ticket renewals announcement.
Slightly early in the year for Ron's "building to begin soon" notice, it usually coincides with the early-bird season ticket renewals announcement. BarryTanner

3:44pm Thu 27 Feb 14

echoboy99999 says...

Yawwwwnnnnnnn.
Yawwwwnnnnnnn. echoboy99999

4:05pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Rochford Ronnie says...

Do you think that 'Ron' is playing another little game here, by attempting to set up another 'false' deadline..... again?

What if he moves to nominates a developer by May, but in March/April, he attempts to force a deal on the prospects site or one of the others, and when they refuse to accept Ron's low offer, he then turns round and blames them, accusing them of threatening the whole project, as he has to start this by May, or it could all go under....... Then tries to get the council involved to force a purchase, and seeks to place any blame firmly on anybody's shoulders, but his........ surely not........again....
...and again....??
Do you think that 'Ron' is playing another little game here, by attempting to set up another 'false' deadline..... again? What if he moves to nominates a developer by May, but in March/April, he attempts to force a deal on the prospects site or one of the others, and when they refuse to accept Ron's low offer, he then turns round and blames them, accusing them of threatening the whole project, as he has to start this by May, or it could all go under....... Then tries to get the council involved to force a purchase, and seeks to place any blame firmly on anybody's shoulders, but his........ surely not........again.... ...and again....?? Rochford Ronnie

4:32pm Thu 27 Feb 14

MHWoods says...

I'll swear I saw a pig fly past the window just as I was reading this....
I'll swear I saw a pig fly past the window just as I was reading this.... MHWoods

4:58pm Thu 27 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

When it does start it is going to be chaos on the 127.
When it does start it is going to be chaos on the 127. jolllyboy

5:09pm Thu 27 Feb 14

costa-del-blowfly says...

jolllyboy wrote:
When it does start it is going to be chaos on the 127.
Why?
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: When it does start it is going to be chaos on the 127.[/p][/quote]Why? costa-del-blowfly

5:26pm Thu 27 Feb 14

sanderling says...

"Chaos on the A127" would be Victoria Avenue (A127) when works starts on developing the Roots Hall site, including the demolition of St Mary's Court.
"Chaos on the A127" would be Victoria Avenue (A127) when works starts on developing the Roots Hall site, including the demolition of St Mary's Court. sanderling

6:07pm Thu 27 Feb 14

southend-man says...

It won't happen.

We don't need a new stadium.
It won't happen. We don't need a new stadium. southend-man

6:34pm Thu 27 Feb 14

costa-del-blowfly says...

sanderling wrote:
"Chaos on the A127" would be Victoria Avenue (A127) when works starts on developing the Roots Hall site, including the demolition of St Mary's Court.
I agree that there will be some disruption during certain phases of the development, but I suggest that it is slightly alarmist to claim that there is going to be chaos.
[quote][p][bold]sanderling[/bold] wrote: "Chaos on the A127" would be Victoria Avenue (A127) when works starts on developing the Roots Hall site, including the demolition of St Mary's Court.[/p][/quote]I agree that there will be some disruption during certain phases of the development, but I suggest that it is slightly alarmist to claim that there is going to be chaos. costa-del-blowfly

6:46pm Thu 27 Feb 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, RM standard long tested and badly flawed publicity. So, when all said and done, nothing new, we await another deadline to be passed later this year.
Drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, RM standard long tested and badly flawed publicity. So, when all said and done, nothing new, we await another deadline to be passed later this year. SARFENDMAN

8:55pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Teetime says...

I haven't seen any of those plastic fences around the site so they can make sure there are no endangered species on site, like the greater crested newt or the odd Rhino. Surly this hasn't been an oversight, that could cause another delaaaaaaay. I wonder who the 2 'lucky' Contractors might be. I wonder who will be paying the pennies over, I hope for their sake its Sainsburys.
3.5 mill to the council, £1 mill in planning, purchase of all the properties around Roots Hall, Knock down St Marys and rebuild, that's without the cost of a 3 sided stadium and lets not forget the retail units. How much DID Uncle Ron get for the Roots Hall site over and above the reported (what was it) £500k he paid for it to clear the old club debt. Oh yeah, don't forget the capital gains tax on the increased value of the land. Hope uncle Ron has remembered any tax that might be due. Would hate to see yet another court appearance with the HMRC. The saga continues.
I haven't seen any of those plastic fences around the site so they can make sure there are no endangered species on site, like the greater crested newt or the odd Rhino. Surly this hasn't been an oversight, that could cause another delaaaaaaay. I wonder who the 2 'lucky' Contractors might be. I wonder who will be paying the pennies over, I hope for their sake its Sainsburys. 3.5 mill to the council, £1 mill in planning, purchase of all the properties around Roots Hall, Knock down St Marys and rebuild, that's without the cost of a 3 sided stadium and lets not forget the retail units. How much DID Uncle Ron get for the Roots Hall site over and above the reported (what was it) £500k he paid for it to clear the old club debt. Oh yeah, don't forget the capital gains tax on the increased value of the land. Hope uncle Ron has remembered any tax that might be due. Would hate to see yet another court appearance with the HMRC. The saga continues. Teetime

11:04am Sat 1 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

BarryTanner wrote:
Slightly early in the year for Ron's "building to begin soon" notice, it usually coincides with the early-bird season ticket renewals announcement.
He's getting jealous that the other self publicist would be developer Mick Norcross has been in the paper more often than he has recently.....
[quote][p][bold]BarryTanner[/bold] wrote: Slightly early in the year for Ron's "building to begin soon" notice, it usually coincides with the early-bird season ticket renewals announcement.[/p][/quote]He's getting jealous that the other self publicist would be developer Mick Norcross has been in the paper more often than he has recently..... Howard Cháse

12:44pm Thu 27 Mar 14

My Britain says...

Com on u blues, and new stadium😁😁😁
😁
Com on u blues, and new stadium😁😁😁 😁 My Britain

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