Hearts take next step in bid to build new stand

Hearts have moved a step closer to the construction of a new main stand at Tynecastle Stadium after submitting a pre-application notice to the City of Edinburgh Council.

Hearts are hoping to begin work this autumn. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

With the planned work deemed “Major” by the authorities due to its scale, the capital club must now enter into an eight-week consultation process.

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Hearts owner Ann Budge has confirmed that, should planning permission be granted, preparatory work on the land should begin in autumn and the project is estimated to be completed early in the 2017-18 season.

The new stand, which will replace the current 101-year-old structure, will boast around 7000 seats and raise the capacity of the stadium to more than 20,000.

The paperwork was submitted on Monday.