Red Nev’s red hotel! Club legend hoping to fund Trafford building decked out in United colours

By Sportsmail Reporter

Last updated at 11:57 AM on 11th January 2012

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville and the old Trafford Supporters Club have submitted plans to Trafford council to build a United-themed building adjacent to the club’s stadium.

The 10-storey building, if approved, will be coloured red, white and black and will include a 139-bed hotel. Neville is financing the project with the money raised from his testimonial in May.

It will be just yards from the north east side of old Trafford, next to the Bridgewater Canal at the junctionof Sir Matt Busby way and Wharfside Way.

The building will be able to hold up to 1,200 fans, although the lower levels will be restricted to Supporters Club members, who will have their boardroom in the building.

Within the 8,000-square-metre building will be bars, restaurants and facilities for fans to watch United games. the remaining floors will be taken up by the hotel.

Councillor Mike Cordingley, despite being a Manchester City fan, is in favour of the plans.

Hesaid: ‘I am in favour of this application, despite being an avid Blue and season ticket holder. it is an imaginative design and in a space that is currently underdeveloped.

Financial backing: Neville used the money raised from his testimonial

‘It is really clever how they have fitted the development on the proposed site and have done a great job making something out of nothing.

‘It will bring business and jobs to the area beyond match days and will enhance the waterfront and encourage people to come to the canal and promenades which at the moment are just dead.

‘It is hard for me to oppose this application just because there will be a few extra people walking down Sir Matt Busby Way, I am in favour of it.’

 

Red Nev’s red hotel! Club legend hoping to fund Trafford building decked out in United colours


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