Plans for a new GAA stadium, which will be built at Casement Park in Belfast, have received formal approval.
The final planning process for the stadium, which will hold 34,578 people, was completed and announced by Northern Ireland’s Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon.
The stadium, which will also include a range of mixed-use facilities, will be built at the existing Casement Park site on the Andersontown Road.
The structure is being developed by architects Populous and is expected to take two years to construct, with construction beginning during the first half of 2022.
The project’s funding is not yet clear and it’s expected to cost £110 million, which is £30 million more than the original estimate.
Planning permission was originally granted back in 2013 for a 38,000 capacity stadium but legal challenges from residents quashed the approval a year later at the High Court.
In 2015, there was a review of the project’s handling, which found that the stadium could not be evacuated safely.
An application was made in the year 2017 for a 34,500 capacity stadium which was recommended for approval in the year 2020. Planning permission was eventually granted this year.
While welcoming the development, Nichola Mallon stated, “This has been a long and complex process, predating my time as minister, however, we must now move forward and see progress on the ground, progress that will bring many sporting, social and economic benefits not just to west Belfast but right across the city and beyond,”.