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HOK reveals new Southend United stadium - images

HOK Sport has submitted these designs for a new Southend United FC stadium for planning approval.

The proposed 22,000 all-seater stadium will be built on land near to the football club's old ground, and is expected to incorporate both hotel and corporate facilities, and will be linked to a proposed retail development.

The scheme strengthens HOK's continuing dominance in the sports stadium market. The international practice has recently completed Arsenal's Emirates stadium, and is the lead architect for the 2012 Olympic stadium.

At 22,000 seats, the new Southend stadium will represent a 100 per cent increase on the Championship side's current Roots Hall ground, as well as a significant increase in match-day parking, with a total of 1,000 parking spaces.

There will be 46 executive boxes for corporate guests, some of which will double up as hotel suites as part of an integrated 114-bedroom hotel.

HOK Sport hopes to secure planning permission in the coming weeks, with work to start on site shortly afterwards. The club aims to be playing its first game in its new home by the start of the 2008/09 season.

by Richard Vaughan

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