Frank Whittle Partnership the stadium design experts based in Preston are the masterminds behind Carlisle United’s ambitious bid to build a new 12,000 all-seater ground.
The proposed development at Kingmoor Park will include a training centre for the club, currently in the League One. Carlisle originally brought in FWP to look at the possibility of redeveloping its current home at Brunton Park but the cost estimated at £18.2m was prohibitive.
FWP investigated several options for the club on 17 potential sites. The new development would incorporate indoor and outdoor training facilities for club and community use with plans for the stadium to incorporate a theatre and performance venue at one end with up to a 4,000 capacity. Conference and banqueting facilities will provide additional income sreams.
Dave Robinson, FWP's managing partner, commented
"Our experience shows that modern stadiums have to be more than just a place to hold a sporting event once a fortnight they have to be real and vibrant part of the community.
"The stadium not only has to be a great place to watch football, but it has to work for the club."
John Nixon, Carlisle United's managing director added
"Considering all the options carefully, we feel the only viable route would be a new stadium which could be built for the same costs as redeveloping Brunton Park, or less.
"Most importantly this route would not burden the club with any significant debt and would, in our view, provide the foundations for long-term progress and the possibility of Premiership football.