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West London athletics stadium could get arena

A major new concert venue could be built in west London as part of the regeneration of an athletics stadium.

The London Evening Standard says documents it has seen reveal “an event/performance venue is being considered” for the Linford Christie Outdoor Sports Centre, near Wormwood Scrubs prison in East Acton.

It quotes sources as saying it could have a capacity of 13,000, which would be slightly larger than Wembley’s SSE Arena but smaller than the O2 Arena in Greenwich.

The Standard says the proposals are in a questionnaire about “Project Bolt”, understood to have been quietly circulated to investors, which said architectural design firm Populous had been appointed by Hammersmith & Fulham council to explore masterplan options for the site.

The report adds that the area has long been considered for potential regeneration, and last year it emerged QPR was in talks to build a 30,000-seat ground on the site of the Christie centre — home to the Thames Valley Harriers. Populous’s questionnaire says the potential new venue would either be stand-alone or “integrated with a community stadium”.