Brentford Football Club is likely to start building work on its new west London stadium in March after receiving updated planning permission for the development.
Brentford and its development partner Be Living Ltd welcomed the receipt of the Decision Notice confirming the updated planning permission for the new stadium and enabling residential development.
Site preparation works are progressing well and the project is on schedule to commence the next stage of construction in line with a stadium completion date in late 2019.
The stadium design adjustments focus on operational efficiency with upgrades to the broadcast, lighting and media facilities to meet modern Premier League football and Premiership rugby standards.
The amendments included:
- Reducing the capacity from 20,000 to circa 17,250+;
- Reducing the stadium footprint to introduce a new road along the northern perimeter;
- Compressing the stadium 3m to the south (staying within the approved planning envelope);
- Converting the east and west stands to a single tier;
- Lowering the roof form on the east and west stands;
- Lowering the south stand by removing the top tier;
- Providing more premium seats from 1,800 to 2,930. This will strengthen an important revenue stream for the Club;
- Making it Premier League and Premiership Rugby compliant from day one – both by ensuring the stadium has 1,500m2 of outside broadcast space, within the stadium itself, but especially also by upgrading the media, broadcast and lighting capabilities;
- Relocating the Brentford FC Community Trust Offices, Learning Zone and Hounslow Interim Education Centre together in one location alongside the stadium and in the ground and first floor of the Central Eastern building – to provide dedicated facilities that can be used 365 days a year.