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Celtic Park Construction Plans and Timetable for completion

Whilst initially trying to invest in Celtic Football Club in 1992/93, Fergus McCann turned up at the ground with a surveyor and asked for permission to enter the ground and take measurements. Of course, the old board in charge of the club at the time (of whom he would later overthrow) refused to let him in.

Undeterred, McCann and his surveyor walked the perimeter of the ground taking what measurements they could. Using these measurements and the famous 1970's postcard aerial shot of the stadium, McCann had an architect drew up plans for the much-needed reconstruction of the ground.

Not One Thin Dime...

Whilst the finished version isn't an exact match of the original plans, it's close enough. The stands behind the goals were to be curved, just like the Nou Camp in Barcelona, whilst, of course, architecturally hinting at the grounds immediate past. The roof cladding was to sit on the top of the roof steelwork. However, this was very much against the 'fashion' of modern UK football stadia construction of the era and was subsequently changed - only Leeds United's massive East Stand bucked this particular trend. That said, almost everything else about McCann's original vision was realised in the final design, including the ingenious 'overhang' at the cemetery side of the ground - this suggestion was said to by first mooted by The Bunnet himself.

These detailed drawings and architects visual renderings are taken from the concept design report produced by Bucknall Austin, Project Management Consultants, in conjunction with Hutter, Jennings & Titchmarsh, Consulting Engineers, and Rayner Associates, Chartered Architects, in July 1993. Hutter, Jennings & Titchmarsh were consequently awarded the actual contract by McCann after he gained overall control of Celtic Football Club in March 1994.

One small criticism of the design is that the North Stand cantilever is compromised by having the roof supports inside the stadium, leading to a number of pillars inside the seating area. An alternative design to this would have been similar to the three sides of Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh that were redeveloped in the mid-1990's - here, the roof cantilevers wrap around the underside of the seating deck, meaning an increased use of steel. McCann, however, had no idea how successful his share issue of January 1995 was about to be (the most successful football club share issue in the UK at that time, despite claims in the Scottish media that it would be a certain flop) and accordingly he did not budget for any unnecessary expenditure. This, despite the petty claims of fans of other clubs in Scotland, is the only compromise on this most excellent design solution.

Celtic Park mid-1970s - pretty much as it was up until 1994

Celtic Park Drawing, as carried out by McCanns architect

Celtic Park - detailed plans

Celtic Park - detailed plans

Celtic Park - construction timetable

Celtic Park - the finished article

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josiebhoy stadium 0 Nov 22 2009, 4:32 AM EST by josiebhoy
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what fergus mc cann did for celtic should never be underestimated,history will be a lot kinder to his legacy than his critics in the press ever will be,thanks fergus for giving our club back to us in such a healthy state so much so that bad management still cant put us back in the red,come back fergus you are the man to put a rocket under the current mob in charge,he deserved the money he left with(and then some) funnily i was just thinking the other day about what could be done to the stadium as it is starting to age a little,such as a new main stand to fit with the rest of the stadium and maybe a new roof system to take the pillars down thus taking restricted view seats out of the ground.with a new stand in place to the att would be a possible 80,000.i know there has been a drop in attendance but with extra seats the ticket prices could be lowered and the stadium would be full-celtic are big enough to easily fill 80,000 seats.now would be a good time to speculate to accumilate,buildin costs are lower than ever and in the economic climate we could get it done to tender thus getting companies to fight to build it,looking at it it would be somehow remiss not to take the plans further,more seats mean more income even if the price is lowered.then we could also look to host both the uefa finals,also if we where to redevelope lennoxtowns old hospital(listed building) into a hottel complex we coud host our european opp and make money that way.pop concerts in the summer could be held at both sites as lennoxtown is only 1\4 finished(supposedly)celtic has a big enough global support to fill the bigger stadium,so come on peter lawell get moving it would be missmanagement to not look into this at the very least,the fans could swing it,so speak up anybody else fancy celtic as leaders in the world game,know is the time for brave hearts,lets get celtic back to past glories,its where we belong. brother walfrid willie mallie ,jimmy mcgrory,jock,jinky,and tommy burns would be proud
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