A ground-breaking ceremony has been held to mark the preparations for the start of construction on the new Brentford Community Stadium and enabling residential development in west London.
The site enabling works will be continuing this month, allowing for the start on site for the stadium and phase one residential work during April.
The development will deliver a 17,250-capacity stadium, 910 much-needed new homes, a new base for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and other commercial elements to help regenerate the local area.
The new stadium is due to be completed during the 2019/20 season.
In December 2017, the London Borough of Hounslow resolved to grant planning permission for the final amendments to the new Brentford Community Stadium.
The amendments included the following changes to the stadium:
- 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 from1,800 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.
A family of Brentford supporters, Robert Muttitt, 70, together with his son, Peter Muttitt, daughter, Nicki Todd, and the latest addition to the Brentford supporting family his granddaughter Sophie, who celebrated her first birthday last week, were chosen to have the honour of putting the first spade into the ground.