Construction work is likely to get underway on Brentford Community Stadium in London in February 2018 after planning amendments to the venue’s design were agreed.
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 include:
- 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;
The amendments were submitted to the London Borough of Hounslow in September 2017 by Lionel Road Developments and Kew Bridge Gate Developments LLP on behalf of Brentford Football Club and its development partner Be Living Ltd.
The first phase of the residential element of the scheme has been redesigned to fit better within the local context and the 487 new homes are a mixture of apartments to rent and buy designed to meet the housing needs of the local area.
The Greater London Authority has indicated that the scale of the amendments proposed are such that the Mayor of London will not need to review this decision.
Cliff Crown, Chairman of Brentford FC, said:
This decision by Hounslow Council is a great early Christmas present for fans. We now hope to be in a position to begin stadium construction in February 2018, following completion of a revised agreement with LBH on our obligations and will share more details with fans on the stadium build phase early in the New Year.
Matthew Townend, managing director at Be Living Ltd, said:
Securing Hounslow Council’s support for the planning amendments takes us a step closer to delivering the Brentford Community Stadium development. We’re all very excited to be part of creating a vibrant new community that hopefully acts as a catalyst for positive regeneration in the local area.