Plans for Oxford United Football Club’s new stadium

11 October 2023

Ridge play a pivotal role in the potential new state-of-the-art stadium planned for Oxford United Football Club.

The club’s current agreement to play at the Kassam Stadium will come to an end in 2026 so they must find a new home. This led to plans for the 16,000-capacity stadium and complex within a single building. This will include a 180-bed hotel, restaurant, conference centre, health and wellbeing space, and a community plaza.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet met last month to give in principle consent to lease the triangle site in Kidlington as the new home for Oxford United. Details can be found on Oxfordshire County Council’s dedicated website here.

Our role
We are proud to have a pivotal role on the future of the new stadium as lead planning consultant. Working closely with Oxford United leading the team of Architects, Engineers, and specialist Design Services for the new sustainable sports, entertainment, and lifestyle landmark.

We have provided multidiscipline support for the project including Project Management Cost Management Sustainability Consultancy, BREEAM Accreditation, Health and Safety, Principal Designer, Town and Country Planning, and Traffic and Transport.

The community at its heart
The club’s new home will set the benchmark for community benefit, commercial innovation, and environmental performance, and put the visitor experience at its heart. This will take the club into the 21st century and enable the continued success of both the men’s and women’s teams, as well as its vitally important community outreach and charitable work.

On the evening of the 9th October, the club held a special preview exhibition of the designs and set out a lot more detail about the project. This is being followed by twelve days of exhibitions, where the public can see the proposals and leave their feedback.
A copy of the exhibition boards and an option to complete the feedback form electronically is available on the stadium website.

Tim Williams, Oxford United Football Club Chief Executive, said: “The club is committed to developing a highly sustainable and community-focused proposal whilst providing a state-of-the-art destination for all. The further detail we have released today shows how seriously we take these principles, and I am delighted to share the first glimpse of our stadium with the whole of Oxfordshire.

“I hope everyone from Kidlington, the surrounding areas, and across the country will come to the exhibition and take a look at the plans. We want to hear all of your feedback.”

Matt Summerill, Partner at Ridge and project lead, said:

“Oxford United is a community asset that gives so many a sense of belonging. Our aspiration is for the stadium vision to inspire the fans and the community across Oxfordshire, delivering a sustainable sports destination and market leading conference and event facility for the region. At Ridge we’re proud to lead the project from day one and are looking forward to hearing opinions on what we believe is an exceptional vision for the proposed future home of Oxford United FC”