Millers Chairman Tony Stewart spoke to the Advertiser this week on how progress is being made with plans for the new stadium at the Guest & Chrimes site, and is planning a visit to Hull City's KC Stadium along with the chosen architects the aptly named Miller Partnership with who he had a three hour meeting on Wednesday. Stewart said:
"We want a bowl design and Hull City is similar in build. We're going there to get some ideas which our architects can work with. "There was a shortlist of eight architects we looked at and Miller were head and shoulders above the rest. "They've designed too many stadiums to mention and they are top dog in this field. "Building a stadium is quite complex. There's a lot of detail and we want to get it right." "We've already got engineering reports in on the land to make sure it's fit for the purpose and that there's no toxins of other things there. They have all come in OK," he said. "Because of the flood barrier, the land will have to be raised by about a metre but that is something we were aware of."
Stewart is hoping the building of the new stadium will run alongside the plans for the new training ground at Wingfield, with total cost for the two projects being £25 million but the stadium has priority. Stewart said:
"I want both schemes to run parallel, but because of the fine, if there is a race between the two then the stadium has got to win. It will be completed first." Said Stewart: "We have to make sure that anything on the stadium that can bring in revenue we maximise to the full. "Whether that by food retail or other type of retail outlet, I am totally open-minded. "We'll be looking at including learning and community facilities. In short, maximising our commercial opportunities both inside and outside the stadium."
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