QPR will be in new stadium by 2018 - chairman
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
Premier League side QPR will move into their new stadium by 2018, the club's chairman has said.
Though Tony Fernandes insists QPR will be happily ensconced in the yet to be built stadium within the next four years, the site's current tenant, Car Giant, begs to differ.
The 'car supermarket's' managing director, Tony Mendes, has called Mr Fernandes' comments “speculative and presumptuous”.
Car Giant will have to be moved from the Old Oak Common, Willesden site before the 40,000-seater stadium can be built.
QPR are in league with social landlord Genesis Housing Group on the potential stadium development, and there has been talk of 24,000 homes being built as part of the scheme.
Mr Fernandes said: “What we are doing is great for the community. I’m not a property developer so I’m not here to make millions and millions of pounds from it.
“I’m here to benefit the 40,000 fans in two ways – one a nice stadium and two we can build some affordable housing.”
“It is not easy for people to live in London – certainly not easy for people to live in west London.
“Here I have an opportunity, apart from the little community projects we do, to really impact the community. Our thoughts are on creating jobs, affordable living and building economic benefits for west London through exhibition space and leisure activities."
Both the Greater London Authority and Network Rail have backed QPR's new stadium plans.