Plans Revealed for New Facilities at Beamish Football Centre

The sports facility at Beamish Football Centre will undergo a £1.1m redevelopment, improving the building and facilities at the club.

A family fun day event took place on Sunday 20th August to announce the plans and inform the community of the refurbishment plans for the site over the coming months. The event included bouncy castles, music, and games for families involved with the club and the wider community to enjoy and celebrate the announcement.

Work is due to begin in October, and will include new changing rooms, a function room, kitchen, servery, youth area and office space, which is in Stanley, adjacent to the South Stanley Infants and Junior Schools. The new building will benefit the club and community by offering better, greener, and more accessible facilities.

The new facility has been supported by Durham County Council, Stanley Events and Desco, who are designing the mechanical and electrical services. The facility, which is being constructed at a reduced rate to help support the Stanley community, will benefit from modification and replacement of current services, including the existing low temperature hot water heating plant, and hot water generation.

Referee changing rooms, upgraded training facilities and a balconied terrace overlooking the pitches are all planned features for the new centre. A new function room which will be able to stage events will also be built, alongside meeting room spaces and an indoor training space for education and fitness.

Angela Hanson, Durham County Councillor said: The development of this new facility will benefit our community for many years to come. The plans look fantastic and it’s great to see investment of this nature in our area.”

Architectural plans include designs for suspended ceilings, exposed soffits, and feature ceilings in the centre.

Carl Marshall, Director at Stanley Events said: “We are delighted with the proposals and are grateful for the support Desco and the design team have given.”

The centre will help Beamish Football Centre towards their goal of creating a space which helps the community improve their health, a headquarters where the unemployed become employable and a space where young people have a safe space to play together.