Leicester City picks stadium design team

The Miller Partnership will be confirmed as the architects working on Leicester City’s new football stadium when the project gets final ratification from the city council next week. No design groups have yet been appointed.

Work is due to start on the new 32 000-seat stadium at Freeman’s Wharf, 200 yards from Leicester’s current Filbert Street home, in May. The stadium will be ready for the 2003/ 04 season, but a Leicester spokesman acknowledges that this date could be brought forward by a year if “all things go according to plan”.

The Miller Partnership has designed the ground and will create stadium interiors and signage as part of the £35m project.

NTL, the communications company with a 9.9 per cent stake in the club, is acting on behalf of Leicester City in negotiations with potential stadium sponsors. A “number of high profile companies” are involved, the Leicester spokesman claims. A decision on the sponsor, and therefore the name of the stadium, is expected by the summer.

It is the second site the club has identified. Proposals for the first, at Bede Island South, were jettisoned after they were swamped by restrictive planning conditions the spokesman adds.

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