QPR, Fulham, Chelsea and Harlequins are planning new or improved stadiums in the next few years. QPR’s plans are part of a larger development scheme while Chelsea is relying on its private funding sources. Harlequins is focusing on a future stadium capable of being a community asset and Fulham developing the retail opportunity provided by its Thameside location.
Genesis Housing Association and Queens Park Rangers FC have picked Galliford Try Partnerships to deliver a £155m housing scheme in North West London. Mark Donnelly, Chief Operating Officer at QPR said:
This is a significant moment for west London with the delivery of new homes, including significant numbers of affordable homes and jobs which will be a real boost to the area.
We are delighted to be working with Galliford Try Partnerships to deliver the Oaklands development and look forward to accelerating the delivery of more houses on other sites which will all help to deliver our long-term aim of a new stadium.”
Fulham FC Submits Riverside Plans
Fulham Football Club has submitted an application to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham council for the redevelopment of the Riverside stand at its historic Craven Cottage home. This application follows a period of consultation and open dialogue with residents, supporters, and many stakeholders with an interest in the project and local area.
The Club secured planning permission for its previous design in 2013. The new proposal, commissioned by Fulham FC’s Chairman Mr Shahid Khan, has incorporated a modern design that is sympathetic with the river and local area and best reflects the needs of the Club, community and neighbourhood by delivering a wide range of benefits both now and for future generations.
In addition to increasing the seating capacity at Craven Cottage, the Club has sought to add amenities to help transform the riverside walkway into a world-class leisure destination, both on matchdays and non-matchdays.
This new design will still allow the River Thames walkway to be opened up, an aspect of the approved design in 2013, and will incorporate bars, restaurants, and lounges—all of which will be open for business throughout the year.
The redevelopment will bring significant investments in the local community, adding new full-time jobs and further opportunities for employment.
Alistair Mackintosh, Fulham FC Chief Executive Officer, said:
Everyone here at Fulham Football Club is incredibly excited to submit this application, and we are confident that the plans we have laid out will both upgrade the current stand and add new facilities that everyone in the community will be able to enjoy and appreciate.
Harlequins aims to be centre of community
Harlequins have recently begun engage with Richmond Borough Council and the Greater London Authority concerning a new stadium. David Ellis, the Club’s chief executive said :
As our role in the community has grown so has our membership and supporter base, with nearly 10,000 Members and a 98% stadium capacity throughout the season. To allow us to continue our positive contribution to the Borough and London, we have now reached the point where we have to co-create a new, state-of-the-art Stadium, with accessible to all facilities. The emerging concept could place The Stoop firmly at the centre of the local community for another 100 years, creating a fantastic new destination to work, play and live.