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Luxury #2.25m facelift for Ibrox

A NEW #2.25m luxury development behind the Govan stand at Ibrox Stadium is being planned by Rangers Football Club.

The main stand at the stadium, which was built in 1929, is also to be revamped.

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The far-reaching plans for the Govan stand are included in the first major development since the Rangers takeover by Mr David Murray, of the Edinburgh-based Murray International Holdings.

The luxury complex will include executive boxes, extensive office space, a top-class restaurant, and five large suites for functions and business conferences.

It will stand on massive concrete pillars allowing access to a new parking area and to the existing Govan stand turnstiles.

Details are expected to be publicly advertised soon, under section 23 of the Town and Country Planning Act, to allow any objections to be made. The plans will then go before Glasgow District Council's sub-committee on planning and control.

Plans for the total re-vamp of the main stand, aimed at raising the Ibrox capacity to 52,000, are also at an advanced stage and an announcement is likely within the next two months.

Mr Murray is known to be keen on an early start to both developments. If the necessary permission is forthcoming, work on the Govan stand project could start before the end of this season.

Steel is the speciality of Mr Murray's company and the basic framework could be completed in less than two months from the starting date.

The new building behind the Govan stand would generate massive income for the club. However, Mr Murray has promised that the ordinary fan will not be forgotten and facilities would be available to Premier Club members, who would be able to book for a pre-match meal.

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