Cork-founded construction company secures contract to expand Premier League stadium

Construction company Sisk, founded by CORK, has become the main “player” in the development of a €350 million expansion of Manchester City’s Etihad stadium.

The major development will include a number of connected all-weather facilities, fully integrated into the stadium, centered around an expanded North Stand with a larger single upper tier over the existing lower tier, increasing capacity to more than 60,000.

On the upper level there will be a sky bar with views of the field, as well as a walk-through experience on the stadium roof.

As part of the club’s development, a covered fan area will also be built in the town square, with seating for 3,000 people and a variety of food and drink outlets, a new club shop, a museum, a job and a 400-bed hotel.

“We are delighted to be working at such an iconic venue and look forward to creating the ultimate fan experience and year-round entertainment and leisure destination at Etihad Stadium,” said Paul Brown, CEO of Sisk.

The works at Etihad Stadium will add to Sisk’s existing portfolio of delivering major sports and entertainment facilities, along with surrounding infrastructure.

Over the past two decades, the company has successfully completed works at Wembley Park for its long-standing client, Quintain.

In addition, the company has worked on the redevelopment of the Aviva Stadium, Croke Park and Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

“Our experience and expertise in delivering large, complex engineering infrastructure in large public spaces will play a key role in the success of this project.

“Our prior knowledge of stadiums remains embedded in Sisk.

“The leading Irish directors who spearheaded those projects in the early stages of their careers will now offer invaluable support to our team in Manchester,” Mr Brown said.

Major construction works began on site in November 2023, which will mean the North Stand will be complete and open during the 2025/26 football season.

Work on the hotel, workspace and public space, including the city square, will be completed by the end of 2026.

Throughout the construction phase of the project, Sisk expects the project to support more than 890 full-time equivalent positions.

Manchester City chief operating officer Danny Wilson said the club is delighted to be working with Sisk.

“Sisk has significant experience and expertise in developing and delivering construction projects of this scale and we are delighted to be working with them.

“This development will not only allow the club to improve and expand its offer to fans and visitors both on and off match day, but will also create lasting long-term economic and social benefits for our local community, building on the investment we have made. done. “We have been delivering to East Manchester since 2008.”

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