Work on the new Brentford Community Stadium has now started at Lionel Road South. This followed London Borough of Hounslow’s confirmation that the Club and its development partner, Willmott Residential, have met all of the required pre-commencement planning obligations. Temporary hoardings have been erected and initial site preparation work has been carried out, including the start of essential demolition work to clear the site. Separately a new Brentford Community Stadium website has also been launched with the aim of keeping everybody informed of progress.
This phase of the project is primarily focused on getting the Lionel Road South site ready for the start of the build of the stadium venue itself later this year. The work involves the demolition of the former stable block on site and will take several weeks as Buckingham Group, the stadium construction sub-contractor employed by Willmott Residential, are aiming to salvage as many bricks as possible for later use in the complex.
The hoardings along Lionel Road South and the Brentford Community Stadium website proudly announce this start on site with a new brand designed to stand alone and represent the stadium complex as a whole, including football and rugby as well as other community and commercial uses. However, Brentford FC supporters may spot that the new branding subtly draws on the heritage of the Club with a nod to the gold horse racing colour used by the Club’s former patron Lord Rothschild (traditionally a key element in Brentford’s second strip) as well as the presence of bee-like stripes.
Cliff Crown, Brentford FC Chairman said:
It’s been a long time coming but I am delighted that we have now started work at Lionel Road South. Once the site has been fully cleared we can get on with the serious work of building a new and exciting home for Brentford FC. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the London Borough of Hounslow and all our development partners who have helped to get us to this point.
Edinburgh park arena
The shortlist of architects in the running to design a new outdoor concert arena for Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens has been revealed.
The Ross Development Trust, which was set up by Apex Hotels founder Norman Springford to pursue the bandstand development, will announce the winning design for the £25 million arena in August.
Last year the existing event area was branded “no longer fit for purpose” by Edinburgh City Council, which agreed to join forces with Mr Springford – who has pledged £5 million towards the project – to get a replacement off the ground. It is hoped work will get under way next year ahead of a planned 2020 opening. A chunk of Princes Street Gardens is also expected to be carved out for a new underground complex with a 200-capacity events space and cafe-bar overlooking the Castle and the new arena.
Away from Anfield
Liverpool is considering a new training centre.