The man who will lead the City Ground redevelopment plans has told Nottinghamshire Live of the key aspects which will shape the new home of Nottingham Forest.
Tom Cartledge is the lead architect and CEO of Benoy who will be responsible for overseeing the transformation of the City Ground into a state-of-the-art stadium.
Some of the latest designs were revealed last week and they were met largely with excitement.
Cartledge has explained that owner Evangelos Marinakis is the man who has shaped the thought process behind some of the new features that will be put in place on Trentside.
One of the latest plans is for the corner building to be larger and Cartledge has explained the decision making behind that.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “It is very much Mr Marinakis’ vision to create an iconic corner there that isn’t just about the matchday experience but gives fans maybe a museum and other facilities.
“There has been a refinement, an improvement, a gradual evolution of the stand. But the core components are the same – similar number of seating and a great new stand for the ground.
Cartledge has also tried to ease the thoughts of supporters who expressed disappointment that the new designs weren’t as slick as the original plans.
He continued: “There’s a similarity in some of the images from what we saw seven or eight months ago. The majority of the design is very similar.
“We’ve looked at the angles of the seats and have improved some of the visibility from the seating itself. Lots of the changes are subtle. There’s a lot more red in there, which was one of Mr Marinakis’ key things.”
Nottingham Forest News view – Redevelopment can only be positive for the whole city
Tom Cartledge’s comments may still have some people unsure about the proposed designs of the City Ground; ultimately, however, the redevelopments can only be positive.
The new-look stadium will do wonders for the football club and people in the community of Nottingham.
Forest supporters are proud of their home and the amendments might not sit well with some people.
Cartledge’s comments make for reassuring reading. It seems conclusive that Marinakis has taken a considered approach when putting together these latest designs.
Bringing the City Ground into the 21st century can only be a positive aspect. It will be extremely exciting to see what the home of Forest will look like when the work is complete.