QPR Football Club launches consultation on new 40,000-seat-stadium-led regen
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
QPR Football Club launches consultation on new 40,000-seat stadium-led regen
Queens Park Rangers Football Club is to launch a consultation on its plans to regenerate hundreds of acres of brownfield land at Old Oak in west London, potentially paving the way for the creation of up to 24,000 new homes and 55,000 jobs.
Over 50,000 newsletters will be delivered to homes and businesses across west London today, inviting people to come and see the initial plans and to have their say on what should be considered before developing them further.
Last year, the London mayor, in partnership with local boroughs, published a vision document describing how the Old Oak area could be transformed with new transport connections, businesses and jobs, homes, community facilities, as well as the new stadium.
Now QPR has assembled a design team to prepare plans so that Old Oak can become home for its new 40,000-seat stadium and kick-start the first phase of the wider regeneration project.
QPR chairman Tony Fernande, said: “We are looking to deliver much more than just a stadium. We want to create a new destination that we propose to call ‘New Queens Park’. It will serve as a catalyst for regeneration, creating thousands of new jobs and homes for local people.
“It will be a major transport hub that will connect Old Oak to the rest of London and other major cities across the UK. Our new 40,000-seat stadium will become a focal point hosting not just football, but other entertainment and community activities for residents and visitors to enjoy.
“This will give us a top quality stadium that will be able to cater for QPR's needs as the club progresses and grows over the years ahead. We are very excited about being the driving force behind creating one of the best new urban places in the world, and making this our new home.
“There are many local benefits that will arise out of the regeneration of the Old Oak area, including new homes, new jobs and a much improved local environment. These benefits will be shared widely by the surrounding communities in Hammersmith, Ealing and Brent, including large numbers of our supporters.
“This is very much the start of the process. We want to share our ideas and plans and in turn hear from the local community. The aim is that local residents, our fans and others with an interest in this part of London will come along and help us shape our proposals. The forthcoming public exhibitions provide the first opportunity for this, and as our plans evolve we’ll hold more events.”
With its partners Stadium Capital Developments, QPR has entered into exclusivity land arrangements with Network Rail and other landowners who control major parts of Old Oak.
Antony Spencer, from Stadium Capital Development, who, alongside architect Sir Terry Farrell, is developing the master-plan for Old Oak, said: “We envisage a new vibrant, mixed-use and high-quality development that will regenerate the area and turn this neglected but very well-connected area into a new world-class city quarter.
“We have assembled a top-class professional team to design thousands of new homes and new commercial space, including retail, studios and offices, restaurants, cinemas, a hotel and other leisure accommodation.”