The cost of part of Aberdeen FC’s stadium project has risen by £1 million as the club adds new features to the project.
Dons fans were given an update on the £50m Kingsford Stadium scheme on Wednesday at the AberDNA event, attended by AFC board members Dave Cormack, Duncan Fraser and Rob Wicks.
The first phase of works is under way and includes a community sports hub and training facilities.
The club originally budgeted £10.5m for the first phase – but that has now risen by £1m. With land clearance work due to finish in the next few days, it is understood construction work will start in the coming weeks with a projected finishing date of summer 2019.
Aberdeen FC said costs have increased as one of the pitches will have a hybrid pitch. Hybrid surfaces are a mixture of natural grass reinforced with synthetic fibres. Project bosses say the pitch will be on a par with those used by English Premier League clubs.
A spokeswoman for the project said: “We’re making further investment to ensure we deliver the best possible facilities with the highest design and technical specifications.
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“This includes additional grass pitches for the community, an upgraded spec for the 3G pitches, complete with irrigation and comparable with the new National Training Centre in Edinburgh, and a hybrid surface with undersoil heating on one of the professional pitches, equivalent to what is being installed by the top clubs in England.
“The extra budget also builds in provision for the costs which may be incurred as a result of the legal challenge.”
A legal hearing into the stadium is due to start next month. A procedural hearing was to be held on November 8, but has been pushed back to December 19. It means the substantive hearing will now start on January 29.