QPR reveal plans for new 40,000-seat stadium
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
Queens Park Rangers Football Club has unveiled plans for a new 40,000-seater stadium as part of a major regeneration project.
It is hoped the development in the Old Oak area of West London will kick-start a larger regeneration that will ultimately deliver 24,000 new homes and generate 50,000 new jobs.
The new stadium - provisional titled ‘New Queens Park’ - will sit on a regeneration site covering several hundred acres, larger than Canary Wharf.
QPR chairman, Tony Fernandes, said: “Loftus Road is – and always will be – a special place for the club and our supporters, but we need more than an 18,000 capacity.
“With no option of expanding here, we have to look elsewhere and we welcome the Mayor’s and Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s commitment to regenerate the area, which includes an option to develop a new stadium at Old Oak as a key catalyst to bring forward redevelopment, cementing our future in this part of West London.
“Not only will this give us a top quality stadium to cater for QPR's needs as the club progresses and grows over the years ahead, but we are very excited about being the driving force behind creating one of the best new urban places in the world."
The club has confirmed that it has concluded a letter of collaboration with the GLA and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham to ‘bring forward an early and very significant private sector investment into the Old Oak Common regeneration area’.
The news follows the Mayor of London's recent announcement that turning Old Oak into a "new world-class city quarter" is to be one of his main regeneration priorities, and that a mayoral development corporation (MDC) is to be set up to promote it.
QPR CEO Philip Beard said: “We look forward to working with the Mayor and local authorities and we will, of course, be consulting our loyal and passionate supporters, as well as the local community, on our exciting plans early next year. We will look to build a stadium QPR fans and local residents can be proud of.
“Loftus Road is renowned for its atmosphere and with the help of our supporters, replicating that at our new stadium will be one of our top priorities.”