GLASGOW councillors have given planning permission for New Edmiston House — Rangers Football Club’s new fanzone, event, retail, cafe and museum venue.
The city’s planning applications committee today agreed with planning officials who had recommended the development should get the go-ahead.
The building will be to the east of Ibrox Stadium and to the west of tenements on Copland Road and will include the site of Edmiston House which is currently being demolished.
As well as the two-storey multi-purpose facility, there will be improvements to public realm. including a south-facing landscaped seating zone.
Edmiston House was set back from the road, but the new building will front Edmiston Drive. In their report, planners said this will create a “positive visual presence” and “enhance the relationship with the stadium”.
The document continued: “The proposal does not intend to compete with the iconic red brick main stand of the stadium but instead seeks an understated and restrained approach.”
It concluded: “The proposed uses will enhance the match-day experience for supporters within a controlled environment, provide opportunities for local community benefit and offer new uses which have city-wide benefits such as conference use and live entertainment.”
When the plans were announced earlier this year, club managing director Stewart Robertson stated: “Today, we submitted our plans to Glasgow City Council for a fabulous building which we will use as a fanzone on match-days and also include a state-of-the-art Rangers museum, a café, a multi-purpose conference and concert venue and new retail facilities over two floors.
“The opening of the new multi-functional facility will be a major milestone in our 150th anniversary year. We expect the building to be fitted-out and fully operational in the first half of 2022.
“The demolition of the existing Edmiston House this autumn permits the re-orientation of the new building towards the axis of the stadium, and closer to Edmiston Drive.
“This substantial investment will provide fans with a vibrant pre and post-match experience and will draw fans to the stadium grounds well in advance of kick-off, creating an engaging offering within a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.”
He added: “Our commitment to provide our fans with the best facilities in the country remains undiminished. As well as being an animated facility on match-days, it’s our ambition this building will be a hub of activity all year round.
“It will add to the conference, banquet and music venues available in Glasgow, as well as becoming a destination for visitors to the city. New Edmiston House is designed to host dinners for 500 people, sit an audience of 750 and host gigs and events for up to 1300.
“We ensured the building was designed to complement, but not compete with, our iconic stadium. The internals on the ground floor can be easily adapted, and the spaces can accommodate many types of function and event.