The re-development of Lesser Hampden
Background to development
Since 1999 Lesser Hampden has been the home of Queen’s Park Football Club Ltd, whilst still retaining ownership of all 33 acres of the Hampden Park campus. The National Stadium has only been used by Queen’s Park for competitive 1st X1 matches, approx. once per fortnight during the football season.
Lesser Hampden is home to the vibrant and busy youth programme, over 100 children aged from 9 – 18 and community projects aged from 5 – 93, as well as 1st X1 training and non-competitive matches. This means for the past 20 years the Lesser Hampden outdoor area has been utilised, for football, seven day per week, predominantly evenings and weekends. Currently, evening activities usually finish by 9:00pm for both weekends and weekdays baring any special circumstances which can extend the operational opening hours to 10:00pm.
In July 2020 ownership of the National Stadium will change to the Scottish FA with Queen’s Park retaining ownership of Lesser Hampden, currently an unlicensed ground. This means Queen’s Park will no longer be able to play their 1st X1 competitive matches at the National Stadium. The club therefore plan to renovate Lesser Hampden to a licensed stadium able to host competitive League and Cup matches.
In order to become a licensed stadium, the club will expand and cover the existing seating area, provide concessions stand and a toilet block, develop a new stand on the East of the site, with associated infrastructure, and renovate the existing buildings to provide changing accommodation and a hospitality area. The existing floodlighting will remain, with two towers being relocated slightly and a potential upgrade to more efficient LED lighting.
Design Design Accommodation
The new development will comprise the following accommodation;
- Home Changing Facilities
- Away Changing Facilities
- Match Official Changing Rooms • First Aid
- 2 x Concessions
- 2 x Toilet Blocks
- 2 x accessible WC
- Extended West Stand (Capacity: 914)
- New East Stand (Capacity: 812)
- Extended Clubhouse Terrace (Capacity: 48)
- Match Control Room • Storage
The aesthetics of the new stadium development will be kept the same as the existing Clubhouse, Farmhouse and Byre and the West stand, with a pallet of red bricks, white render and metal cladding panels.
Existing Lesser Hampden
Proposed New development
Re-developed West Stand
Re-developed West Stand – End view
New Seating in clubhouse
New Seating in clubhouse – end view
Application Received Date – Thu 14 Nov 2019
Application Validated Date – Tue 19 Nov 2019
Last Date for Comments – Thu 19 Dec 2019
Committee Date – Not Available
Advertised in Press Date – Fri 29 Nov 2019
Target Date for Decision – Fri 17 Jan 2020
Revised Target Date for Decision – Not Available
Environmental Impact Assessment Received – Not Available