Barr dealt a blow as Aberdeen FC stadium plunged into doubt

Barr Construction has been dealt a blow after Aberdeen FC’s new £38m stadium was plunged into doubt by the club’s chairman.

Aberdeen City Council agreed to take control of council-owned land at Bobby Calder Park and enter into new negotiations with its current leaseholders Cove Rangers Football Club Limited.

The land had been earmarked for a Calder Park sports complex development which chairman Stewart Milne said was crucial as part of the master planning exercise for the new AFC stadium at Loirston.

The council voted 24 – 19 in favour of a number of measures, including taking control of Council-owned land previously leased to Cove Rangers Football Club Ltd at Bobby Calder Park and looking at new development options in the area.

Mr Milne said: “Disappointment and frustration do not come close to how my colleagues and I are feeling right now.

“As was made crystal clear, the Calder Park development has been designed as part of the master planning exercise to be completely integral with the new AFC stadium at Loirston and this decision has effectively also killed off that development.

“Without wishing to scaremonger in any way, the implications of this completely illogical verdict could have major implications for both AFC and indeed Cove Rangers and right now, the Board require some time to discuss both the consequences of the judgement and what our next move is likely to be.”

Barr Construction was named preferred bidder to design and build the new stadium at Loirston Loch in August 2011 but the club issued a statement in May to announce it was delaying its plans by around a year.

CN contacted Barr Construction but had not received a comment at the time of going to print.

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