Munster get thumbs-up for Musgrave Stand
MUNSTER have been granted planning permission to begin construction on the new multi-million euro West Stand in Cork's Musgrave Park.
The planning permission is, however, subject to a number of conditions that Munster Rugby will be discussing and for which they will seek clarification from Cork County Council in the coming weeks before work on the project can begin.
Construction on the new stand – which, it is anticipated, will cost in the region of €2m – will not actually begin until after a plot of land on the Monaghan Road side of the ground is sold in any case.
The plot of land is 1.1 acres on the Sunday's Well club's side of the ground, and the Munster Branch and Munster Rugby are confident that an agreement on the sale will be reached in the very near future.
Munster also received continuing planning permission on the temporary Stand currently in place as a short-term measure.
The new West Stand is set to include dressing-rooms, a function room, media and medical facilities as well as public toilets.
The planned work also incorporates covering the existing East Terrace in order to enhance the spectator experience.
Funding for the new permanent stand is understood to be through existing capital development funds allocated to Musgrave Park, a National Lottery grant already in place, as well as the sale of the plot of land.
Work on the new stand is still scheduled to start in January 2014. It is estimated that it will take up to nine months to complete.