Fulham FC are due to hold two public exhibitions for fans and local residents of the west London club to find out more about plans for the Riverside Stand redevelopment at Craven Cottage.
Fulham have engaged Populous to deliver a Riverside Stand project that will “transcend the customary standards of football grandstands.”
In his programme notes for the match against Hull City, Fulham FC Chairman Shahid Khan gave an update on the latest redevelopments at Craven Cottage. He said:
We are a club with ambition to grow, but to grow you must protect and never damage your roots. Here at Fulham, those roots are at our home of Craven Cottage. That’s why it was important to me when I was privileged to become your chairman in 2013 to find a way to grow all that is good about FFC while always minding our roots. And that is what we will do.
Pre-application documents for the redevelopment project have been submitted to the local council. Khan added:
The future of the Riverside Stand and, by extension, Craven Cottage itself, has been the subject of speculation and various plans well before my arrival, maybe going back as far as 10 years. I know that our supporters have hungered for information or signs of progress, and I appreciate that. But, I am confident that our approach has been the right one, and equally assured that you’ll find the wait to be worth it.
We have engaged Populous, a worldclass architectural and design firm, to imagine a new Riverside Stand that will be iconic and beautiful, include riverside pubs and restaurants, event facilities, green spaces, open the river walk every day of the year and, of course, make Craven Cottage a greater destination in all of sport than it already is.
It will be a spectacular venue to watch Fulham. And our home ground will blend history and the contemporary like no stadium in the land or beyond.
Khan said a full planning application was likely to be submitted later this year, adding that Fulham would continue to play at Craven Cottage during the redevelopment.
The exhibitions will take place at the Cafe at the Cottage from 2-8pm Thursday 12th October, and prior to Fulham versus Preston North End, 9am-1pm Saturday 14th October.
Image courtesy of Populous