Just to add, in response to the 'pushed back once' point there BD.
I think it is clear that there was a plan A & a plan B.
Plan A would have had Meis' designs on the table and spades in the ground by now. The plans would not have gone through that fans process, but would have been heavily influenced by LCC & atheltics type people as it would have been in conjunction with them for the Commonwealth games. This is the main reason Joe would have been able to force it through the council and get backing easy enough.
Plan B was the "fall back", Birmingham getting the games made this plan the reality. Back to the drawing board in terms of what the stadium looks like/does. Meis would have already been working piece-meal on these plans, but all of his prior effort would have been on the joint-use stadium. On top of that Anderson now has a harder sell to the council. the club have decided to bring in the fans for some aesthetics, further delaying final plans. On top of that we now look to be on the precipe of another financial market wobble and so prices for everything change day by day (which, @Ross
, is why the question of 'what's changed in the last 18 months?' is redundant - the past is a different country).
Finally, the cost of this build (as does ALL major builds) goes up almost exponentially. a £350m budget to begin with was laughable. I happen to think the current £500m budget will be sailed past with ease as well and Moshiri is out and about looking for something more to the tune of £700m myself.
Don't forget, the council aren't lending us the entirety either, at current estimates their loan is still a few hundred million shy of budget - i think if we do take the council loan it will end up at 50% of total debt.
It's gonna be a while before we feel any financial uplift of this stadium (especially as we have minimal non-playing debt at the minute)