Bristol City Football Club has brought forward alternative plans to redevelop their current home, Ashton Gate.

The club has stressed, however, that it is not going to give up hopes of building a new ground at nearby Ashton Vale.

The redeveloped Ashton Gatewould house Bristol City as well as Bristol Rugby, who are both overseen by Bristol Sport – the company that would be responsible for the project management of the construction.

The renovation would happen it gradual stages over time and new stands would sit where the existing Wedlock and Williams stands are situated.

The Dolman Stand would also be rejuvenated and this would increase the capacity of the South Bristol venue to over 26,000.

Speaking on behalf of the Bristol City board, Jon Lansdown told the Robins' official site: “Ashton Gate has been the club’s spiritual home for more than 100 years and these plans would improve and enhance the facilities ready for the next 100 years.

“The stadium would be designed with supporters in mind; there would be full engagement and consultation to ensure we represent the history and heritage of the club as fans would like.

“Modern stadium facilities are a key pillar for the club, closely aligned with our community engagement and the importance of financial prudence. This redevelopment plan is testament to all of that.”

The redevelopment of Ashton Gate, City's home since 1904, is expected to cost £40m.

Posted on 05/02/2013