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QPR stadium to be heart of West London regeneration plan

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Queens Park Rangers Football Club and partners, Stadium Capital Developments have announced plans for a new 40,000 seater stadium as part of a major regeneration project in the Old Oak area in West London. The scheme has the provisional title of New Queens Park.

The consortium has concluded a letter of collaboration with the Greater London Authority (GLA) 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”. QPR’s Chairman, Tony Fernandes, told www.qpr.co.uk:

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.

QPR CEO, Philip Beard, added:

We look forward to working with the Mayor and local authorities and we will, of course, be consulting our loyal and passionate supporters, as well as the local community, on our exciting plans early next year. We will look to build a stadium QPR fans and local residents can be proud of.

Loftus Road is renowned for its atmosphere and with the help of our supporters, replicating that at our new stadium will be one of our top priorities.

QPR training facility confirmed

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Ealing Councillors have voted in favour of granting planning permission for Queens Park Rangers FC to build a full multi-purpose Elite Training Facility and Community Sports Complex on the Warren Farm site.

QPR CEO Philip Beard said:

We are hugely grateful for the support shown by all parties, especially the local residents, who we hope will benefit extensively from the range of facilities and activities that will become available over the course of the coming years.

There is a lot of hard work ahead of us as we finalise the design details and tendering of the project, but today’s news is a massive step forward and a significant milestone for the club.

The Elite Training Facility, set to complete in time for the 2015/16 season, will house the entire football department. It will provide: grass pitches for the first team and academy, an indoor 3G pitch, an outdoor 3G artificial pitch, extensive gym, sports science and rehabilitation areas, Academy classrooms, a large number of changing rooms, media, catering and grounds maintenance facilities.

The Community Sports Complex will use the extensive experience of QPR in the Community Trust to develop participation programmes and forge stronger and deeper local connections.

The development will be designed to meet the Club’s professional training requirements, and will meet the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) Category 1 criteria, with a layout of natural and artificial training pitches and grids. These facilities will provide a platform for the development of home grown talent.

Community facilities will be developed in line with Sport England and National Governing Bodies standards. The community facilities and community development programme will be managed by QPR in the Community Trust.

The development will incorporate Secured by Design recommendations and will meet with the Council’s Sports Strategy and public sports participation targets.

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