First pictures reveal new-look Brandywell

An artist's impression of the new Brandywell Stadium with the newlook Brandywell Showgrounds  in the background.
An artist's impression of the new Brandywell Stadium with the newlook Brandywell Showgrounds in the background.

This is how a radically transformed Brandywell Stadium and Showgrounds will look when a multi million pound redevelopment project is finished.

The new-look Stadium will, as this artist’s impression clearly shows, include a brand new all-seater stand along the Lone Moor Road side of the ground.

The new 3,600 seat stand will replace the existing uncovered seated area and, of course, the old Glentoran Stand - a fixture at Brandywell for decades.

As a result, the new stadium will be able to accommodate a seating capacity of 6,000.

New changing and treatment facilities are to be incorporated underneath the new stand with the existing grass pitch also removed and replaced by a modern 4G surface.

Meanwhile, as part of the £8.8 million development project, the Showgrounds area of the Brandywell is also to be totally revamped.

A new greyhound track is to be constructed with bookmaking, spectator and kennel facilities also included in the scheme.

Also included in this particular element of the project is the demolition of the Brandywell Sports Centre which is to be redeveloped. The current recycling centre, which occupies the south end corner of the site, is to be relocated with Derry City Council providing alternative local recycling facilities.

Meanwhile, at nearby Daisyfield, a new full size grass pitch is to be laid, plus a three-quarters size 3G training pitch with a new six block changing pavilion and a kids’ play park.

On Friday last, Derry City Council agreed to plug the funding gap to allow the massive overhaul of sport and leisure provision in the Brandywell to go ahead.

Derry Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney says it’s “welcome news for all those who wish to see the regeneration of the Brandywell area.”

He added: “Sinn Féin has always contended the best way to achieve this was to do this in a comprehensive manner as outlined in the One Plan and the Foyle Valley Project as a catalyst project.

“The funding is now in place and this is good news for Derry City, the greyhound fraternity, Ballymoor FC, Oak Leaf boxing and the Over the Hill Club. It is also good news for the TRIAX area as it promotes sustainable regeneration for a community which often felt left behind in other regeneration processes.

“Derry City Council has shown great leadership in this development and, along with the DCAL Minister Caral NiChuilin and Martin McGuinness, in OFMDFM, this collaborative funding package demonstrates that, if this city speaks with one voice, we can and will deliver key strategic projects for the North West.”