Newcastle United have consulted leading architects Populous, the designers of Tottenham Hotpsur's stunning new £1.2bn stadium, as they move ahead with plans for their own multi-million pound redevelopment of St James' Park.
The Magpies have sold out every home game this season and are in the middle of a wide-ranging feasibility study about what they can do to expand and develop their iconic stadium, which is a host venue for Euro 2028.
i understands they are keen to increase capacity above 60,000 while also developing corporate and conference facilities to increase the club's non-match day revenue.
In an exclusive interview with i, Populous managing director
Christopher Lee has confirmed his firm's interest in playing a part
in the planned redevelopment after working in conjunction with the
Public Investment Fund (PIF) on projects in Saudi Arabia and the
wider Middle East.
As part of the club's far-reaching due diligence Populous have already had contact with Newcastle over the project and Lee told i he would "bite your hand off" to be involved in the redevelopment of "such a mythical stadium".
Although it is worth stressing that Newcastle have made no firm decisions on the project yet - and no designer has been appointed - Populous' extensive portfolio of work means they would surely be among the frontrunners to lead the redesign when it gets the green light.
They have the Emirates, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Millennium Stadium in their portfolio, and are working with Manchester City on their redevelopment of the Etihad.
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