Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPRFC) has unveiled plans for a new 40,000-seater stadium, designed by Populous, as part of a major regeneration project in the Old Oak area in West London.
The club has also confirmed it has concluded a letter of collaboration with the Greater London Authority 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 Boris Johnson'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.
QPRFC has also entered into exclusivity land arrangements with Network Rail and other landowners who control major parts of Old Oak, in partnership with Stadium Capital Developments.
The newly-released plans show a 40,000 capacity football stadium at the heart of the regeneration area, with the intention for this to be a catalyst that will bring about the creation of a residential and commercial area covering several hundreds of acres ultimately generating 50,000 jobs and 24,000 new homes.
Chris Lee, Senior Principal and Director at Populous, currently working on QPR’s training facility and community sports hub commented: “We have seen how sport has the power to bring communities together, and stadiums are one of the most important buildings a community can own. There is no doubt that the new development will become a new destination in which sport and entertainment will be an essential part.”
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.”
Antony Spencer, who - alongside Sir Terry Farrell - is developing the masterplan for Old Oak, commented: “We envisage a new vibrant, mixed-use and high-quality entertainment and leisure development, which will turn this neglected but tremendously well-connected area into a new world-class city quarter.
“We are talking to a number of world-class architects to design iconic tall buildings akin to New York, the Far East and London’s finest, as well as improving and incorporating the waterside environment of the Grand Union Canal. We have assembled a top-class professional team to design tens of thousands of new homes, a 350-bedroom luxury hotel and millions of square feet of entertainment and leisure focused commercial space including: retail, studios and offices, bars and clubs, restaurants, cinemas and other leisure accommodation.”